How to cope with stress in the long term
Stress will come up against us again and again in our private and working lives - this can hardly be avoided. Our goal is therefore to learn how to deal with stress. In today's issue we deal with the question of how we can PERMANENTLY reduce and manage stress.
There are many strategies for coping with stress. They always depend on the type of stress and on your personal well-being. Often a combination of cognitive, social, problem and body strategies is the best choice!
Get to know 4 ways that will help you to cope with stress in the long term!
This is how it works - your way to permanent stress management!
1. Control your thoughts consciously!
- Try to make a realistic assessment of your own performance. Be open to constructive criticism or even praise, because so do not limit yourself to your own assessments only.
- Take 15 minutes a day for self-reflection. Do you have all the resources you need to complete tasks and is the task clear?
- Ensure emotional balance: Avoid emotions such as continuous silence, aggressiveness or hostility. Try to counteract such "bad" thoughts!
- See stress as a challenge and do not pity yourself in silence. Be aware that most of the negative stress situations are self-inflicted.
2. Accept help!
- Request feedback from others.
- Invest in stable social relationships in the workplace.
- Talk about your anger with good friends or colleagues.
- Don't just look at events from your own perspective: Try to understand other people, develop a willingness to look beyond things and feel compassion.
3. Take action against problems from the outset!
- Reduce your stress by learning to accept facts as they are given. Don't waste your valuable time bending uncomfortable facts into shape.
- Do not hesitate to make decisions if you fear that you are not up to the task. By postponing tasks, you only increase your stress.
- If you don't know how to proceed, ask people you trust.
- Divide your time well so that time bottlenecks that can lead to stress are avoided. Scheduling should also allow enough time for recovery to balance out stress.
- Take the time to create a priority list. For example, consider and decide for the coming week which things are most important to you and which are unimportant.
4. Find a physical balance!
- Take a deep breath if your workload becomes too high. Do more sports. This is physically and mentally a good way to get away from the workload.
- Integrate relaxation exercises into your daily routine to relieve tension and reduce arousal. Techniques such as autogenic training (e.g. fantasy trip or thought stop technique), meditation or progressive muscle relaxation (according to Jacobson) can be helpful.
Make yourself aware: Stress management is a process and does not work overnight. Work consistently and consciously on strategies that are suitable for you. At the beginning, work out your personal program for dealing with stress.
Further tips and assistance can also be found in our e-book "Recognising stress and taking effective countermeasures! Request your e-book now at firstname.lastname@example.org!