“Coping with stress is simple…though not always easy.”
We hear so much about stress. Most of it negative. Most of it about the sources or symptoms. Some of it inaccurate. And much of it not helpful.
SOS To STRESS Day
This day was conceived because we need to hear more about how to deal with stress and build our resiliency. We already know that it is bad to be “under” too much stress. But what options do we have to deal with it?
SOS To STRESS Day on June 30 was launched in the media and through organizations and associations interested in helping Canadians achieve wellness.
SOS To STRESS Day is about coping. It is about finding the right strategies to take care of the situations and ourself.
What Do Sleep, Sex and Sweaty Palms Have In Common?
They are all impacted by stress. Stress plays on our minds and keeps up awake at night. It can lower our libido. It brings about headaches, high blood pressure and sweaty palms. So, how do we determine the right strategies to deal with so many different sources of stress and such a large variety of symptoms?
The S-O-S Principle helps us to ensure that no matter what we are facing we are able to best take care of the Situation and Ourselves and be Supported while we are doing this. Some may do well with exercise. Others may find that organizing and prioritizing is what is needed at the moment. Some situations require the input of others. Some require you to just do something – other times nothing. Sometimes you may need to evaluate the lifestyle that you are living. Other times, it may require you to cut ties with someone around you.
There is no one way to deal with stress…despite what others may suggest or tell you. It is about designing a plan with sufficient strategies to be successful, healthy and happy.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency By Celebrating SOS To STRESS Day:
- Identify the sources of stress in your life. They may not all be large and in-your-face issues. Some sources of stress are irritating annoyances that have built up over time.
- The Stress Test on Beverly’s site might help: https://worksmartlivesmart.com/vulnerability-to-stress-test/
- Evaluate what you are already doing that is positive to deal with your stress. How have you handled difficult situations in the past? What are you doing to keep yourself healthy? The answers to these questions may give you an idea of your positive copers. Then see what strategies may fill in the gaps.
- Talk to those around you. Find out how others may have handled similar situations. Chances are someone in your social network has already ‘been there and done that’. Their strategies may or may not be useful to you, but they can certainly give you a starting point.
- Look to your community for more information. Your company, through it’s HR department or EAP, may have access to additional information. The local health unit, CMHA and Distress Centres can also point you in the right direction. You may find that talking to your doctor, spiritual adviser or community leader may provide you with some insights.
- Don’t forget to check with your on-line community and reputable sites like:Beverly’s link to her
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!
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