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7 Helpful Ways to Manage Overwhelming Stress

Notice when your thoughts are triggering a stress reaction

Common stress-related thoughts include:

  • 1. Think Examine Thoughts
    • I have to finish this.
    • I should be doing more.
    • This is taking too long.
    • I’m going to fail.
    • I don’t have time to rest
  • 2. Act:
    • Enjoy Yourself
  • 3.Plan to do things that bring you pleasure every day.
    • Schedule them into your calendar, and protect the time as you would a work commitment. The work of self-care is as important as anything else you’ll do today.
  • 4. Notice when your thoughts are triggering a stress reaction
    • The most important things you do today might be the things you don’t do. Plan short breaks into your schedule, ranging from full-length vacations to mini-breaks throughout the workday.
  • 5. Be: Present Focus
    • Much of our stress comes from having our attention somewhere other than right here and now—worrying about the future, dwelling on the past.
  • 6. Be: Mindful Acceptance
    • Stress also comes from silently insisting in some way that what is happening shouldn’t be. That internal resistance creates an extra layer of tension on top of whatever actual problems we need to solve. Practice opening to all of your experiences, instead of resisting it. 
  • 7. Be: Mind-Body Exercises
    • Joining our minds and our bodies tends to automatically relieve our stress. There’s something about grounding our awareness in the body that dissolves tension and helps us to let go of things we can’t control.
      • Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/think-act-be/202204/7-helpful-ways-manage-overwhelming-stress

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