This concludes the discussion on coping with 4 types of stress (encounter, anticipatory, situational and time). Stress is a part of life and provides opportunities for growth and resilience. When not adequately managed stress affects health and wel-being.
4 Tips to Cope with Situational Stress (related to a specific situations)
- Whenever possible avoid/remove unnecessary stressors (place, people, hot-button topics).
- Recognize your body’s early stress signals.
Learn to manage your emotions. Walk away if you have to.
- Practice healthy communication skills when dealing with situations that cause stress. Listen to others. State facts. Be willing to own mistakes and take responsibility.
- Make stress reduction a way of life as much as possible. Healthy nutrition. Exercise. Adequate sleep. Relaxation. Pleasurable activities. Hobbies. Life balance.
4 Tips to Cope with Time Stress (related to time)
- Have a to-do list and prioritize tasks on the list. Remove time wasters and unnecessary tasks from the list.
- Be organized around your work/home area. This eliminates spending unnecessary time on searching for what you need.
- Set healthy, firm boundaries. Learn to say no to requests that do not fit with your priorities.
- Recognize when you need help. Ask for help. Delegate.
If stress is a struggle and you need support to cope. Please
Jumoke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Omaha, Nebraska where she helps adults and couples create healthier lives and relationships.