The most important techniques for managing your stress are multifaceted: 1) Keeping things in perspective, 2) Re-thinking your pose, breathing and body language, including your facial expressions, and 3) Nurturing yourself.
Keeping things in perspective means that you consider troubling situations from many perspectives: Yours, that of the people involved with the situation at hand, that of the people affected by it, and that of time. What would the likely outcome of the stressful situation be in the long and short term? What if you and/or someone else take specific actions in response to the stressful problem? Weigh the implications and consequences, and consider them over time. That provides a buffer for realizing aspects of the situation that you haven’t realized yet. Sometimes a good night’s sleep is a stress manager. It can clear your mind and allow solutions to come forth while unconscious thoughts surface to your aware self. A lack of rest can cloud your ability to think straight.
It’s a documented medical and psychological fact that body language, facial expressions, and even our breathing affect our emotions. We can intentionally change unhappy looks and breathing patterns into calmer ones. That in turn can affect our mood. Recall how you stood up a bit straighter to impress someone, breathed deeply to compose yourself. or realized that you had not done so. Consider how the movement and oxygenation to your brain, or the lack of it, mattered to your present and developing mindset. Think back to when you’ve sighed, purposely shrugging your shoulders to toss off unhappiness, and then breathed deeply. Deep, purposeful breathing profoundly effects a sense of calm. All of the above affects you and anyone observing you. Body language means many things to the person using it and to their observers. Books, videos and workshops on the reality fill the minds of success-oriented businesses and individuals. You can educate yourself by studying them.
Nurturing yourself covers the range from taking time out to recharge your internal batteries with meditation, or simple resting, to preparing nourishing food, getting manicures, pedicures, professional hair care, and/or facials, to reading interesting materials and spending time with loved ones. Physical activity is also a popular stress buster because it fills the body with feel-better chemicals called endorphins. Confiding in friends, journaling your thoughts and sorting them out and enjoying music are other classic ways to manage stress. Each tactic lets a person think objectively, realize insights that are unavailable during stressful moments, and secure time to make necessary adjustments or changes to the way they’re handling stressful situations.
There’s a world of other nurturing options that haven’t even been listed here. Allow yourself to use the above information to calm down from stress, and to experiment with new stress reducers that you haven’t yet used.
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.