Stress: Part II – Eliminate, Manage, Cope?
So, now that you understand the mechanics of stress, all that’s left to do is divide and conquer, right? Identify the stressors interfering with your mental, emotional, and physical well-being and all will be good. Well, if it were that easy, the harmful type of stress that chips away at people’s health and happiness would have been eradicated long ago. Let’s face it. Watching the evening news is a stress-inducing activity. Hey, just reading about the effects of stress is stressful. Uncertain times whether it be political or personal, work or family related eat away at us. When we feel out of control, we fret, we stew. And we soon feel overwhelmed. Eliminating all stress is impossible for the living. It can’t be done. So, our focus needs to shift toward managing stress and coping with the stress we, regretfully, can’t purge entirely from our lives. These strategies can help you get a handle on stress.
- Get moving
- Get more sleep
- Give yourself a break
- Accept that you cannot control everything