Conquering Stress!

Sometimes stress can be good for you. For example, preparing for a big meeting may be stressful but it can give you energy.

Sometimes, stress can be harmful to you. For example, if you believe you have more demands than you think you can handle from work or family, you are likely to feel anxious, angry or frustrated. 

If your negative feelings last too long, they can affect your health. Diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease can worsen. You may have difficulty sleeping or feel depressed. You may develop stomach problems, headaches or other symptoms. If any of these happen, find a better way to conquer your stress.

Suggestions to practice for conquering your stress:   breathe

1. Drop your shoulders and take deep breaths ‘down in your belly’ and blow out gradually to slow down your breathing for 10 – 15 seconds. Repeat several times.

2. Try to find something positive to focus on… for example: “I’ve met their demands in the past; I can do it again.” Feel good about your past successes.

3. Stop worrying about things you cannot control. “Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you  something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere”. Focus on positive thoughts and feelings.

4. Learn from your mistakes and then let go what happened in the past go. Focus on what you can do   today and in the future.

5. Smile, even though you may not feel happy. When you are around people who frown or talk negatively, it’s contagious. Smiling is also contagious. Find a way to laugh, share a joke or a funny story.

NoStressIf you continue to feel “stressed”, make an appointment with the company’s EAP counselor or with your pastor or someone who has the skills to help you conquer your stress.


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