Waking up each morning and feeling as if you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders or feeling anxious and stressed, is a terrible way to live. If life feels overwhelming or you believe nothing will every go right, a stress management program can help you understand and deal with these feelings. In today’s busy, fast-paced society, more and more people are suffering from anxiety and stress.
Although there is positive stress, there is also negative, unhealthy stress, which may just be bothersome but in some cases changes to stress that affects your physical and emotional well-being. A stress management program can help teach people how to deal with or even remove the stress and anxiety they feel.
An effective stress management program helps you understand and change your thinking pattern by helping you realize that you need to spend some time taking care of yourself and not just those around you.
Set aside a half hour daily for ‘you’ time and spend it doing something you enjoy such as resting with your eyes closed listening to your favorite music, taking a relaxing, steamy bubble bath, walking or playing with your dog, reading, or anything else that you enjoy and helps you unwind.
You may want to purchase a breathing stress management program on a CD and practice relaxing breathing exercises that help you learn to unwind and remove stress.
A stress management program teaches you that setting unrealistic expectations and goals for yourself just stresses you out and sets you up for failure. A stress management program emphasizes the importance of knowing your limitations and not taking on more work or responsibility than you can manage.
Not being able to meet an impossible deadline causes people unnecessary tension and stress. It is important to learn how to delegate work and turn down jobs when it is impossible to meet the deadline.
A stress management program emphasizes the importance of diet and exercise. Studies show that people who exercise and keep active handle stress in a positive way. Exercise increases their self-confident, well-being, and they suffer less stress and anxiety problems, while people that do not exercise are more likely to seek medical attention for stress related problems such as depression and physical ailments.
When it comes to diet, caffeine and sugar can make you feel drained, tired, and unable to cope with stress. Poor nutrition can affect both your physical and mental health so it is important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.