In an earlier post we discussed measuring stress and what stress can do to our bodies if left unchecked. Today we’re going to learn how to manage stress’s hold over our bodies and move on away from our frustrations and toward our goals.
When it comes to dealing with stressful situations you may have noticed in life that you or those around you seem particularly incapable of handling stressful events of even the most minor degree known as microstressors. These people could have exploded after a person pronounced a word wrong or cried because they spilled something.
I know I’ve been there a time or two. The best examples are the number of times I left a mall crying because I hated every type of clothing they sold. For me shopping is excruciatingly stressful and completely ruins my day. Microstressors, while at the surface are essentially nothing, to the stressed person feel like stepping over the tipping point and letting life spiral down into functional hell. They are often the point where the person feels most helpless, where life seems to drag them deeper and further from their goals and happiness.
But our reactions to microstressors and even the big stressors like moving, graduating, and financial problems can all be counteracted by a simple set of actions we can all take. The list, to be fair, is actually incredibly long- but I’ll narrow it down to what I believe to be the most effective methods for stress reduction and stress management.