Techniques to Deal with Stress
Life can be stressful to a point where it seems there is nothing one can do to change a certain situation. Change of situation is what every stressed person longs for, but it does not happen by chance. If bills are the problem, they keep on coming, and if it is family responsibilities, demands keep on escalating. Most people under stress get out of control and find short and cheaper solutions to relieving them mostly by indulging in alcoholism or using other types of drugs. This is a short-lived solution that only makes the situation worse later on. They may be good but according to Folkman (2013), they prolong stress which can increase inflammation and result in health issues. The truth is, people have a lot of control over their lives than they might think and realizing this is the foundation for managing stress. The best way for managing stress is knowing how to deal with it. Dealing with stress is all about taking charge of ones’ thoughts, emotions and lifestyles and strategizing the best way of solving problems (Schwarzer, 2014). Some of the best techniques for dealing with stress are doing physical exercise which can metabolize excessive stress hormones, and getting more sleep to shorten thinking time and for body relaxation. Another technique is talking to someone about your problem that can help provide a solution and put your problem into perspective. Stress can prevent one from thinking clearly thus making unwise judgments and speaking to someone about your feelings helps in making wise decisions. Other techniques include maintaining a positive attitude and taking a balanced diet. Taking control is a must and a good problem-solving technique. One can do this by identifying the cause of stress and writing down possible solutions and then selecting the best. Stress is inevitable and adopting the best ways for coping with it gives one a healthy life.
Folkman, S. (2013). Stress: Appraisal and Coping (pp. 1913-1915). Springer New York.
Schwarzer, R. (2014). Self-efficacy: Thought Control of Action. Taylor & Francis.