Successful Stress Management Techniques
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Everyone needs successful stress management techniques. Easy to
learn and easy to implement, you can use them for your own stress
management or teach them to help others manage theirs.
Manage your stress and be a healthier, happier and more pleasant
person to be around. Lets cut to the chase
1. Make stress your friend
Acknowledge that stress is good and make stress your friend!
Based on the bodys natural fight or flight response, that burst of
energy will enhance your performance at the right moment. Ive yet
to see a top sportsman totally relaxed before a big competition.
Use stress wisely to push yourself that little bit harder when it
2. Stress is contagious
Stressed people sneeze stress germs indiscriminately and before
you know it, you are infected with stress germs too!
Protect yourself from stress germs by recognising stress in
others and limiting your contact with them. Or if youve got the
inclination, play stress doctor and teach them how to better manage
3. Copy good stress managers
When people around are losing their head, which keeps calm? What
are they doing differently? What is their attitude? What language
do they use? Are they trained and experienced?
Figure it out from afar or sit them down for a chat. Learn from
the best stress managers and copy what they do.
4. Use heavy breathing.
You can trick your body into relaxing by using heavy breathing.
Breathe in slowly for a count of 7 then breathe out for a count of
11. Repeat the 7-11 breathing until your heart rate slows down,
your sweaty palms dry off and things start to feel more normal.
5. Stop stress thought trains
It is possible to tangle yourself up in a stress knot all by
yourself. If this happens, then that might happen and then were all
up the creek! Most of these things never happen, so why waste all
that energy worrying needlessly?
Give stress thought-trains the red light and stop them in their
tracks. Okay so it might go wrong how likely is that, and what can
you do to prevent it?
6. Know your stress hot spots and trigger points
Presentations, interviews, meetings, giving difficult feedback,
tight deadlines. My heart rate is cranking up just writing these
Make your own list of stress trigger points or hot spots. Be
specific. Is it only presentations to a certain audience that get
you worked up? Does one project cause more stress than another? Did
you drink too much coffee?
Knowing what causes you stress is powerful information, as you
can take action to make it less stressful. Do you need to learn
some new skills? Do you need extra resources? Do you need to switch
to de-caffeinated coffee?
7. Eat, drink, sleep and be merry!
Lack of sleep, poor diet and no exercise wreaks havoc on our
body and mind. Kind of obvious, but worth mentioning as its often
ignored as a stress management technique. Listen to your mother and
dont burn the candle at both ends!
And those are the 7 successful stress management techniques!
Take time to learn them, use them and teach them, and be a great
About the AuthorLyndsay Swinton is an experienced team leader, people manager
and business coach. Her website is www.mftrou.com - 'Management for the
rest of us'. Subscribe to her free no-nonsense Management
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2006-06-29 23:51:59 in Personal Articles