Stress has many definitions. According to the American Institute of Stress, the term “stress”, was coined by Hans Selye in 1936. He defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”.
I recently had to give a presentation at work and I decided to do it on stress management. This is what I learned from the presentation and my own experiences:
Find your optimal level of stress.
Not all stress is bad. Everyone needs a certain amount of stress to function productively. Without stress, you might be relaxed, laid back and totally unproductive; while too much stress can lead to fatigue and burnout. To find the correct balance is important.
Don’t compare with other people.
The optimal level of stress differs from person to person, be honest with what you can handle. Someone else might be able to carry more or less than you.
Making lists and setting priorities help me a lot when I feel overwhelmed with the amount of things to do.
A healthy lifestyle.
I still struggle with this one a bit, but leading a healthy lifestyle is very beneficial and helps with many things. Suggestions I found were to eat healthy, cut back on sugar, alcohol and smoking, exercise more… etc. I try to make little healthy changes frequently.
Talk to someone.
If you feel overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start, talk to someone… a family member, friend, colleague or professional person. Just don’t keep everything bottled up inside. Be honest about your feelings.
They say laughter is the best medicine. I make a choice to be positive every day.
Giving my burdens to Jesus and trusting God helps me a lot to minimize stress. Knowing He is in control gives me peace.
I was a bit hesitant writing this as I recently read a post someone wrote and she was torn apart by people with other beliefs; but I am not going to apologize for my beliefs.
As part of my presentation I gave everyone a stress-ball (including myself). During the next few days I was playing with the ball as I walk around through the department.
One afternoon at lunch I decided not to put a tomato with my tuna and cucumber and took it back to my locker to put it away. On my way back to my locker from the kitchen I walked and played with the tomato (thinking it was the stress-ball) until I squashed it. What a mess!
Do you have any stress? How do you manage it?