Thank you so much for your interest in The Insight, by Sheba. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blogs about “Stress.”
Next week’s topic will be “The Physical Effects of Stress.”
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- Psychologists recommend social support as one of the many ways to relieve stress. If you know what causes your stress, reach out for social support in your time of need. Talk about it with a confidant or a group of friends you trust. Keeping it all in is not healthy. A support network will help you better manage the effects of stress.
- When assessing the stress in your life, ask yourself: what elements do I look for in a given situation? When you find yourself in potentially stressful situations, search for opportunity and the strengths of the situation as opposed to possible threats or negative outcomes. It takes practice, but the end result will be a changed perspective and less stress.
- In that moment of stress, when you want to react, take a moment. Instead of reacting, identify what is causing you to want to react that way—be honest. Was it the scenario or the way the situation played out? Separate beliefs and emotions from the facts. Then consider the facts you know and seek clarity for the information you may not know. Make sure you have all the information you need to react appropriately so you are not backtracking or taking part in misunderstandings spiraling out of control.
- Once you pinpoint the area or areas of work that cause you stress, create your personal action plan, address the concerns and work to make changes to help reduce the tension. Make personal changes to improve your work conditions and take your mental well-being into your own hands.
The Insight: If anything, stress is a natural part of life. However, too much of anything is never good. Surround yourself with social support networks that aide in your stress management. We all need help and someone to lean on when situations become too demanding. Prepare yourself for those moments by training your mind to look for the ways in which you can learn from that situation. Choose to respond instead of react and work to better manage your emotions. It all takes work but isn’t your mental well-being worth it?
Have a wonderful weekend!
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