It's the end of the year and you've probably got a lot on your mind - deadlines, holiday demands and extra expenses. Control your stress with the following A's. These are suggested by the American Heart Association:
1. Avoid it. Manage your schedule, your to do list, even your social life to avoid stressor as much as possible.
- Avoid Rushing... avoid negative people and influences... avoid the dessert table.
2. Alter it. when you alter your stressor, you're taking control to turn stressful situations around.
- Take co-worker conflict for example. Talking through the problem can alter the stressor and improve the situation. Demanding week coming up? At home and at work, prioritize your to do list and see what small task you can delegate to others to lighten the load
3. Adapt to it. often the best option is to adapt to the stressor.
- In other words, change your reaction to it. After all, stress is rooted in your reaction to situations. These are the best ways to adapt.
- Find the positive side of the situation
- prepare or rehearse for stressful events
- Exercise to relax your body and mind.
- Practice relaxation techniques to ease stress
- view change as an opportunity for growth.
My easy ways in avoiding stress is listening to music, working out, and taking photos especially outdoors.