Stress Management Strategies

Stress Management Strategies

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Jimmy Ha - Main Entree Assignment MEH - Option: 1 - The body's physical and psychological responses to stressful situations and positive strategies to manage one's own stress.

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  • My parents say that I'm "stressed." Can you all tell me more about stress?
  • Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It's your body's reaction to a challenge or demand.
  • Your body reacts/responds to stress by releasing hormones. These hormones make your brain more alert, cause your muscles to tense, and increase your pulse.
  • Stressors are actual or perceived threats that causes your body to trigger a “stress response.”
  • Too much stress can cause headaches, a lack of energy or focus, tiredness, anxiety, and sadness.
  • Some common examples of stressors are major life changes, work or school, relationship difficulties, financial problems, being too busy, negative self-talk, and unrealistic expectations.
  • Okay, but how do I deal with stress?
  • You can use coping strategies. Coping strategies are the strategies that are used to deal with stress and/or trauma to help manage painful or difficult emotions.
  • Some good coping methods/strategies you could try are exercise, relaxation activities, getting good sleep, acknowledging the positives and negatives, and setting goals.
  • Coping strategies can be problem-focused or emotion-focused. Problem-focused strategies are methods of dealing with the problem in order to reduce stress. Emotion-focused strategies can help you handle your emotions that result from the problem.
  • You should also try to seek help. You should talk about and/or see a medical professional. You can talk to your family, your other friends, and healthcare providers. Your health is important which is why everyone should take it seriously.
  • There are bad ways to cope. Coping that involves ignoring or avoiding the problem is known as "avoidant coping." "Maladaptive coping" are short-term methods that have counterproductive or have unintended negative consequences. You should try to fix the problem instead of ignoring it (don't drink, use substances, etc.).
  • Sources
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