Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.11. Explore stress management techniques to deal with a specific event

ryanrori February 7, 2021

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Stress Management is the ability to maintain control when situations, people, and events make excessive demands.

Here are some tips to assist you in almost any stressful event:

Look around
See if you can change or control the situation.
Set realistic goals for yourself
Decrease the number of events that cause stress and you may reduce the stress. 
Remove yourself from the stressful situation
Give yourself a break if only for a few moments daily
Don’t overwhelm yourself
Worrying about all the stressors all at once will not help.  Take each task as it comes, you could even deal with them selectively
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Do the most important things first. 
Learn how to best relax yourself
Meditation and breathing exercises have been proven to be very effective in controlling stress. Practice clearing your mind of disturbing thoughts.
Selectively change the way you react,
Become your own observer and change one thing at a time. You can choose how to react, practice breathing exercises.
Change the way you see your situation; seek alternative viewpoints
Stress is a reaction to events and problems, by asking for an outside perspective of the situation, you can compare it with yours. This might show you that it is not so bad or highlight how to cope. Talk to others!
Avoid extreme reactions;
Try and be calm – there is no need to veer with your emotions such as too angry or too negative. 
Do something for others
Helping someone else will lift your spirits more than you think.
Begin to manage the effects of stress
This is a long range strategy of adapting to your situation, and the effects of stress in your life. Try to separate and work with one “effect” at a time. Take one step at a time such as sleeping more, then once you are tackling the next stress reliever such as a healthy diet. 
Try to “use” stress
Sometimes changing your attitude can help see it as something that can help you 
Try to be positive
Practice positive affirmations. Get yourself a diary and write in something good that happened to you every day, even if your coffee in the morning was the only thing you could identify. 
Most importantly:
if stress is putting you in an unmanageable state or interfering with your schoolwork, social and/or work life, seek professional help!

Here are some useful indicators to know when someone needs help. You would of course need to be able to talk to them and be very aware of what is happening:

  • Poor sleep and Bad dreams
  • Flashbacks, or feeling like the scary event is happening again
  • Indications that they might be harming themselves or others
  • Constantly worried, guilty, or sad
  • Feeling alone
  • Very nervous 
  • Angry outbursts
  • Destructive behaviour such as drug or alcohol abuse 

Be gentle with them – going to therapy or seeing their GP about it will allow for the first steps to learning how to cope.