Stress Management Tips For Every Day Living
Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by pressure and demands. Learning stress management techniques will prove to be very effective. Pressure is stress caused by the need to meet our most valued self image, needs or responsibilities, or because of the need to prove ourselves, often resulting in guilt or a sense of failure. Demands are typically emotional or physical, and are caused by either fears or our failure to meet a value or standard.
We need to manage our stress to help us to function. Stress is often a factor in many health issues, particularly heart diseases, high blood pressure, stomach disorders, depression, autoimmune diseases and asthma. Stress is also responsible for overeating, smoking and drinking alcohol to help cope with it. The pressure and demands of life result in the need for coping mechanisms. Stress management is the use of skills to help us to cope better.
The aim of stress management is not to eliminate stress but to manage it effectively. Stress management skills include, but are not limited to, self examination, exercise, diet, relaxation, meditation, prayer and family involvement.
In order to manage stress effectively, we must learn relaxation techniques such as guided imagery, stress reduction methods, autogenic training, deep breathing or exercise. Relaxation is an effective way to manage stress.
Managing stress techniques include, but are not limited to, self evaluation and self talk. The stress of evaluation determines how we see ourselves, and what we believe to be important in our lives. Self talk provides us with a rationale for our actions.
We must evaluate our worth and value in life in order to manage stress effectively. Self talk is how we describe to ourselves the challenges and opportunities in our lives. We define our worth and value by the outcome of our lives and by how we manage the pressures and demands of life and manage our stress. Self evaluation helps us understand how we are managing our stress effectively. The stress of self talk is usually automatic and subconscious. Stress management involves the conscious and conscious application of stress management techniques.