Professional information on stress management techniques detailing causes of stress, how people become stressed and effective training methods for managing stress.

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Stress Management Techniques

Understanding stress and its root causes with tips on effective stress management techniques for keeping stressors under control.

What Exactly Is Stress?

Stress is basically a state of mind. Essentially, when we evaluate situations, we weigh up if they are a threat and decide on what resources we can use to manage the situation. If we decide that the demands of the situation outweighs our ability to deal with it, then in our minds, we perceive that situation as stressful and react with the characteristic "stress response". If, on the other hand, we perceive the situation manageable in our minds, then automatically, we don't see that situation as stressful and cannot be stressed by it.

In the course of dealing with changing circumstances in our lives, stress manifests in various forms. Depending on our stress management technique and how we perceive the situation, it can either assist, debilitate or even destroy lives.

Some Stress Are Good For Us!

Positive stress alerts us to possible dangers and even opportunities. It helps prepare us to deal with them, often compelling us into action (typically flight or fight). An optimum level of stress is good for us and can heighten our ability to solve problem situations under pressure. When we are dealing with stress positively, we learn from difficult situations and thrive. Indeed, we need a certain level of stress to perform at our best. Life without stress can actually lead to boredom. Excessive stress on the other hand can overwhelm and incapacitate us. The problem with stress therefore, is knowing the optimum level for each of us that helps rather than hinder our progress in life. How we manage stress largely depend on our stress management techniques, all of which can be learned.

Economic Cost Of Stress In The Workplace

Alarming statistics point to the overwhelming effect of stress on the national economy. Approximately a quarter of a million people take time off due to stress, accounting for nearly half of all absenteeism from work in the UK. Nearly 70% of visits to doctors is directly attributable to stress, and a further 85% of serious illnesses, according to UK HSE stress statistics.

Effect Of Stress On Individual Well Being

Stress is proven beyond all doubt to make people very ill indeed, with overwhelming evidence pointing to increasing numbers of illness and diseases caused by stress, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, to name a few. There is a critical need, therefore, to manage stress, both from a business and individual standpoint.

Effective Ways Of Managing Stress

The first stage towards effectively managing stress is to recognize the sources of stress and being aware of how you respond to harmful stress emotionally and physically.

Quite often, stress overwhelm us when we exaggerate its inherent threat within our minds and overreact in our response. The second stage therefore involves addressing ways in which you can change your response to harmful stress (or stressful triggers). This requires critical self introspection but is worthwhile undertaking.

You need to address issues such as the length of exposure to stressors and ways to eliminate or minimise them. You also need to critically appraise how and why you respond negatively to certain stressors that cause you discomfort. Thinking and focusing on the problem laterally, you may come up with a totally different perspective and understanding which allows you to manage the way you respond to previously harmful stressors, both emotionally and physically.

The following are other complementary stress management techniques:


Adopt a healthy balanced diet with adequate mineral and vitamin intake, especially the B group vitamins


Ensure you get sufficient sleep 6 - 8 hours


Delimit your work life from your leisure


Take up positive relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, the Alexander Technique and T'ai Chi


Engage in sporting and other physical - ideal for relieving stress


Avoid moving the impossible - instead, adjust your response accordingly to changing demands


Talk through your worries and share your burden with loved ones and friends Most importantly, do nor isolate yourself


Get to know yourself and your innermost needs through self introspection

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