Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.
How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.
Develop a Stress-Relief
Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.
YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.
Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
Create a New You for the New Year!
his is it. The old habits just aren't working any longer. You're stressed, overweight, snapping at family and friends and constantly feeling overwhelmed. Is this really the way you want to spend the next 12 months and beyond?
The start of the New Year, with all the holiday craziness finally past, is a terrific time to try some new strategies to take back control of your life. But if you want those changes to be effective, you'll first have to develop patience. You didn't get in debt, gain those extra pounds or damage a relationship overnight - and fixing the problem will take time, effort and new ways of thinking.
Try these steps for successful changes:
Take Control. Pay attention to the details of your day and how they negatively impact what you're trying to change. If you're trying to save money, for example, end your weekly shopping sprees and plan inexpensive activities instead. Remember, you can't change behavior successfully without being aware of your own actions, attitudes and responses.
Prioritize. Make a list of your top priorities for the next three months, including family, friends, work, finances, community, church and emotional and physical health. Create an "absolutely must do" list from your top five priorities, and say no to things that aren't on this short list.
Focus. Concentration and discipline are both necessary for success. If you want to change a behavior pattern, be willing to concentrate on the issue and avoid distractions.
Reclaim Mental Energy. A long list of undone tasks creates distraction and saps mental energy you need for major life changes. Make another list of 10 chores you've been putting off. Schedule a couple of hours during the week to tackle them systematically until they're done.
Banish Clutter. Clutter distracts you from your goals and is another source of stress. Dedicate 30 minutes each day to go through your personal clutter and toss it.
Reward Yourself. When you're doing well at achieving your goals, give yourself a healthy reward. Make a list of 10 simple pleasures that you enjoy (watching a movie, getting a massage, taking a weekend vacation), and try to do one thing every week. Pampering yourself in moderation should be a regular part of your life.
Get Help. Enlist the help of your family, friends and/or professionals.