April is Stress Awareness Month – A month of taking Action to manage your stress
This is a great opportunity to assess the origins of stress, anxiety or tension in your life, learn about effective coping skills and work on ways to reduce the stress, anxiety or tension you experience on a daily basis.
Stress is your response to the world around you – like a situation or an event. It is also a response to a thought or feeling. While stress can be related to good or bad events, our body’s response can be the same. Like a race car at a starting line, the body gears-up to meet the challenge of the stressful situation.
Recognize that you have the power to make decisions, to more effectively manage your stress levels
Firstly you need to Recognize your personal Stress!
We can experience stress on 4 levels:
Stomach and digestive problems
Twitching in eyes
Lack of fulfilment
| Intolerance for others
Unable to interact with others
We’ve all experienced some of these signs in our lives brought on by varying degrees of stress. But if you have been experiencing these signs over a prolonged time, it’s an indicator that you may have an unhealthy level of stress and you should take steps to eliminate the stressors.
Getting in touch with your stress:
Daily for the next 2 weeks, journal what stressed you out. What about the situation stressed you out? What thoughts you were having during the stressful situation?
Just list all that comes up without judgement or analysis. Do you see a pattern? Do you see a common situation that is causing you stress? Thoughts or beliefs that are stressing you out?