Top 10 Ways To Manage Your Stress: Change Your Attitude And Master Your Thinking

Stressed-womanAlmost every Life & Relationship Coach who has any credibility worth their weight in gold has some article on their website discussing stress and how to manage it.

Top 10 Ways To Master Your Stress.

How to Cope With Stress.

Manage  Your Stress: Manage Your Life. etc

Not to be outdone by others, let me add my top ten ways to manage  stress list to the fray.  Before doing that, I just need to add one simple premise:

In order to truly manage your stress, you have to come to terms with a basic principle:

Your needs are just as important as everyone else’s.  In fact, your needs come first.  You must take care of yourself  first, and then you can take care of others.

The old familiar cliché comes into play once again: You must put the oxygen mask on yourself first, before you can really help anyone.  Why? Because, it is the oxygen that gives you the strength to do so.

This one simple paradigm shift or change in our  thinking eliminates a whole myriad of feelings that can leave us trapped, over extended, struggling with  feelings of  obligation, guilt and  resentment   towards the people we love and care for.

But you say, I have young children that depend on me.  I have to put their needs before my own. Yes, dependent children’s  needs do have priority.  However, doing it all yourself, not asking for help,  not developing a support system, not taking  “time out” for yourself once in a while, is a recipe for disaster.

Setting limits and boundaries with  the people in our lives our family, and friends, about what we will do for them, and when we will do it, as well as what they must do for themselves,  is vital and necessary for our own sense of well-being.

This simple  belief sends a clear message to  the people in our lives about  how  much value we  expect them to place on our own  time and energies as well as how much  value we place on  these concepts ourselves.

It is from this belief, that the concept of respect comes  into  play: respect for ourselves, and how we teach others to respect us. Once we stop being  martyrs and embrace this paradigm shift, stress management becomes so much  easier.

Oh by the way enjoy the  list. The Top 10 Ways To Manage Your Stress.

 Develop Realistic Expectations

 Stop Taking Things Personally

 Stop Owning Other People’s Problems

 Develop A Sense Of Humour

 Develop Flexibility

 Avoid All Or Nothing Thinking/Good/Bad

 Avoid Over Exaggeration and Generalization

 Avoid Drama and “Awfulizing”

 Stay Away From Negative People

 Learn To Say “NO”

Watch out for my free Self Care Stress Tool Kit coming soon.

For more information  on stress visit http://www.empowered-solutions.ca

 

 

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About Em-Powered-Solutions

Veronica's purpose in life has been to inspire, motivate and empower individuals and organizations to help them to find creative solutions in transforming their situation or circumstances. She has a demonstrated track record of making a difference in the lives of people and organizations. Her expertise includes services in the area of public speaking presentations, key note addresses; facilitation of seminars and workshops in the following areas: health, wellness, stress management, self esteem building, relationship building, emotional healing, empowerment strategies, personal motivation and growth with large and small organizations, as well as providing 1-1 counselling and coaching to individuals in these areas.
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