I’m already late for work and now I’m in the middle of a traffic jam? How am I going to get the kids to gymnastics, soccer and tee ball practices at the same time? Everyone’s coming home at a different time tonight and we’re supposed to have supper together? Make sure and schedule quality time for myself? Really? You’ve got to be kidding me!
Stress Management: Rules for the Weary
- Stress is part of life.
- Not all stress is bad.
- Only you can prevent stress disorders.
- Stress management is a lifestyle, not a technique.
- As in life, success requires certain skills.
- With practice and guidance, skills can be learned.
Research at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Ohio State’s internationally recognized center for the study of body-mind interaction, has resulted in key findings related to how stressors in marriage and care-giving impact health; how stress can lessen vaccine effectiveness; how stress can aggravate allergies and asthma; and the development of interventions that can lessen the effects of stress and promote health.
Try some of the following to help cope with stress:
- Exercise regularly.
- Use meditation, relaxation exercises or breathing techniques.
- Look at situations from a variety of perceptions.
- Talk and share with friends.
- Journal and clarify why things bother you.
Name it, Tame it and Bust that Stress!
- List Priorities: Write down what is most important for you to do and then number from 1 to? With 1 being the most important for you to accomplish.
- Plan Rest Periods: Schedule for “taking a break” in your daily activities.
- Perfection: There is no perfect “anything”. Do the best you can and congratulate and reward yourself for it.
- Exercise: (I think we talked about this earlier!) Try to exercise in your usual manner. Or, start to exercise.
- Childlike: Have FUN! Engage in playful activities. Watch children play to remind yourself about “how to play”.
- Spending: Be mindful of your spending.
- Emotional Health: Talk with supportive people. Listen with empathy. Use non-judgmental approaches. Say “No” to avoid overdoing.
- Gratitude: Be grateful for what you have and don’t dwell on what you don’t have.
One final thought about Taming Stress
In the words of Somerset Maugham, “It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”
Remember to always choose the “Best” for yourself!
Written by: Janet Wasko Myers, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Ohio State University Extension, Clark County, email@example.com
Reviewed by: Marilyn Rabe, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa M. Borelli LISW-S, Counselor, Ohio State Employee Assistance Program, The Ohio State University Health Plan, Columbus, Ohio. Stress Taming.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Improving Your Health Through Stress Reduction. http://wexnermedical.osu.edu/patient-care/healthcare-services/improving-your-health-through-stress-reduction
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Mindfulness Practices – Mindfulness practices can reduce anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia and stress. http://go.osu.edu/wexnermindful
onCampus. February 11, 2016, 16th Annual Health and Wellness Guide, Wellness is a journey, Pages 7-18. http://go.osu.edu/HealthWellnessGuide