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The best way to manage stress is to first become aware of stressors and to observe individualís emotion and physical reactions to them. Most often, people ignore stress factors and just wish that they would go away. The stressor may be a person, a situation or an event. The individual must recognize that a stress factor is affecting his/her life and emotionally and physically he/she is reacting to it.
After which next thing to do is to recognize what can be changed. The change may occur by avoiding or eliminating stress factor completely as stated earlier or by reducing its intensity. This is done by managing stress over a period of time instead of on a daily or weekly basis. If possible, it is best to try also to shorten exposure to stress. This may be done by taking a break, a sabbatical or a leave whatever possible so long as individual avoids physical premise where stress is present. Another way is to devote time and energy to effect change by practicing goal setting and time management techniques.
The next stress management technique is by reducing intensity of emotional reaction to stress. Simply said, to avoid worrying too much. The worriers most likely chicken out. Sometimes perception of stress factor is exaggerated. Itís like making a mountain out of a mole. It is best to work at adopting moderate views. Positive thinkers achieve more than negative thinkers.
By not worrying too much, individual saves his body from possible physical illnesses. He is protecting his health to deteriorate due to lack of sleep and inappropriate food intake.
It is best to build physical reserves to be able to manage stress. The usual exercise is needed for cardiovascular fitness at least done three to four times a week. Live a healthy lifestyle because this will be best armor in fighting daily struggle of life.
Lastly, maintain your emotional reserves. The support from family and friends are still basic necessities in life.
Do not work out for a stress free life, work out to achieve and live a well stress managed life.
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