Stress Management Strategies: Finding The Courage To Make Needed Changes

parental-stress2Everyone dealing with ongoing strain and tension needs to develop effective stress management strategies. Learning how to stop feeling overwhelmed and how to prevent burnout in the first place requires change – and for many women, change itself can be a source of major stress and anxiety.

The truth is, that even though your current situation may be damaging your health, you may be so used to the status quo that the thought of making any change could be intimidating.

Quitting your taxing job, getting out of an unhealthy relationship, moving into a smaller house that is more affordable, simplifying your lifestyle to live within your means…these may all be necessary changes you should make to reduce the strain you are under. Necessary, but not easy.

It’s going to require energy and confidence to make whatever changes are necessary to take back the reins of control in your life.

3 Step Process For Effective Change Management

Feeling anxious about making changes is normal to some degree. You may be moving out of your “comfort zone” and that could cause some “temporary turbulence” as your flight to a better life takes off. But there is only one way to end the cycle of stress creation versus stress reduction. It’s a three-step process :

stress-management-strategies1. You must be willing to analyze your life

2. You must be willing to find out what’s at the root of your strain and tension

3. You must be willing to make changes that will block tension from rearing its ugly head repeatedly

One of the first steps in stress management strategies is to identify the habits you’ve created for yourself that trigger strain and tension. I know that may sound surprising, but often we bring stress into our own lives by the decisions we make ( or fail to make).

We spend more than we make, which leads to debts. We eat when we’re feeling down, which leads to weight problems and health problems.

We lash out at the ones we love whenever we have pent-up anger that needs to come out, which leads to tensions in our relationships.

Identify The Root Cause Of Your Strain and Tension

Take a moment to pinpoint the cause of your strain and anxiety. It’s easy to do. Sit down in a quiet area with a pen and paper and gather your thoughts together.

Go through the various parts of your life, rating each one with a number, with 1 being a very low amount of strain and tension and 10 being a major stressor.

Analyze your work situation, your life at home, your relationships with your partner, your kids, your in-laws, your friends.

Think deeply about your spending habits and how that relates to your financial situation.

How do your scores look? If you give money a number 10, then you have to focus on creating new money habits that will lower this number to 1. Can you create a budget if you do not have one? Can you tighten an existing budget some more? Can you be more diligent about sticking to your budget and not overspending?

Maybe you are very diligent with your money but due to unforeseen expenses you may need another source of income. In that case, you need to focus on developing income generating habits and skills. As you work on implementing new habits, be sure to revisit the analysis to see if your outlook is improving. Your high stress numbers should be gradually getting lower.

Be Patient With Yourself

stress-management-strategies2Don’t expect everything to change overnight. Putting too much pressure on yourself to make instant changes could be just as harmful as making no changes at all. Instead, look at these stress management strategies as a course you’re taking over time. Practice makes better!

There will be minor set-backs and days when you feel you are making no progress at all. Whatever you do, don’t throw in the towelbecause then you’re letting stress win. Instead, work on repeating good habits andreward yourself along the way.

Eventually, the good tension-reducing habits you cultivate will replace the bad stress-causing ones permanently!

Strategies That Work!

Are you looking for a stress relief solution? Stupid question, who isn’t these days? We could all benefit from effective stress management strategies. Life brings all kinds of pressures. You may have:

  • A busy schedule
  • Family issues
  • Work-related problems
  • Relationship trouble
  • Financial anxieties
  • Parenting challenges
  • Death of a loved one
  • Health concerns
  • …and many other things that consume your life. 
About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

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