Dealing with Stress 13 Things You Can Do
Life is full of 'ups' and 'downs'. We will always meet problems and be put under pressure. If you think about your life over the past 10 years and picture it on a 'life graph' how would it look? Would it be a flat line? A rising line? Or a series of ups and downs? By building personal resources you will find it easier to bounce back from the 'downs' you meet along the way. The more resources you have, the more pressure you can handle. Your capacity to cope will increase and your performance with it.
Physical health is obviously important as your body and mind function better when you don’t have to worry about physical complaints. We should all try to build our physical resources through activities like relaxation and breathing, healthy eating and exercise.
One of the simplest and most effective long-term resources is relaxation.
Relaxation is important because it changes your body state:
· your blood pressure goes down
· your heart beat slows
· tight muscles relax
you need less oxygen, the flow of blood to vital organs, like your heart and muscles, increases . When your physical resources are strong you will feel better, think more clearly, be able to make decisions better, do things more efficiently.
By building up a store of behavioral resources - in other words techniques for controlling your behavior- you will be able to call on these almost automatically during those pressured moments. Some behavioral skills that can be taught are: self esteem, time management, emotional detachment, communication skills, positive thinking, goal setting, managing expectations, using humor in the workplace.
Improving your store of social resources means more help to call on when things don’t go according to plan. For example, making time for a special interest or hobby means being able to shake off work and have time for yourself.
Social resources that can be built are:
balancing home and work
time for self, special interests and friends.
Excerpt from Pressure Plus Resource System 1998 www.resourcesystems.co.uk