Managing, Prevention and Relieving Stress

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Managing, Prevention and Relieving Stress

“Adopting the right attitude can turn negative stress into positive stress.”

Stress is a consequence of or a general response to actions or situations that place special physical or psychological demands, or both, on a person.

You can manage your own stress if you:

Stay in good shape. Watch your diet and have a regular exercise program.

Learn to relax. Make sure to set aside time to spend alone.

Learn to respect yourself. People with high self-esteem are less likely to be affected by pressure from others.

Acknowledge your inability to please everyone all the time.

Keep learning. Ongoing learning experiences keep you open-minded.

Develop a support team. Develop friends to help support you.

Welcome change. Consider change as a new challenge rather than a threat.

Replace negative images in your mind with positive ones.

Give yourself permission to have life. Don't feel guilty when you don't think about your job.

Stress prevention and management

Stress prevention and management must be addressed in two important contexts: organizational and individual. Adopting a preventive perspective allows workers and organizations to anticipate stressors and shape responses, rather than simply reacting to crises when they occur. Suggestions for organizational and individual stress prevention and management approaches are presented below.

Provide an effective management and leadership structure.

Clear chain of command and reporting relationships.

Determine the right goals and strategies.

Maintain team support.

Create a friend system to support and monitor stress reactions. Promote a positive atmosphere of support and tolerance with frequent praise.

Develop a plan for stress management.

Relieve Stress-Physical Activity

Everyone has heard of stress. Most people will readily admit that they have had some in their life. It's helpful to understand stress and learn how to deal with it. Stress is a non-specific physiological response to external stimuli. Some examples of stress include headaches, muscle tension, sweating, stomach ache etc.

There are several physical strategies to relieve stress:

Progressive Relaxation: Progressive relaxation is an activity that involves tension and relaxation of muscle groups in sequence. To begin, sit (or lie down) quietly and comfortably. Starting with the legs, stretch the leg muscles, hold the tense muscles for a count of five, then release.

Deep Breathing: When we are stressed, we breathe quickly and shallowly. Deep breathing is a physical activity designed to bring lots of fresh air into the body, forcing old air out, and resulting in relaxation

Stretches: Easy stretches will help relieve muscle tension.

Exercise: Exercise is a great stress prevention strategy as well as a coping tool. Any exercise that gets your heart rate up and gets your body moving is beneficial.