The first thing to do is become aware of what causes you stress and how you cope. Are your coping techniques helpful or destructive? How much is your attitude contributing to your stress?
1. What are your sources of stress? What can you do about them?
Once you know your sources of stress, see if you can do anything to reduce them. For example:
If you can't eliminate or reduce a stressor, simply being aware of it can help you recognize when you need to take corrective action.
2. How do you experience stress?
Knowing how you experience stress will help you recognize when you are at risk. When you are feeling stressed:
Answering these questions could lead to greater awareness and understanding how stress affects you.
3. How do you cope with stress?
Do you have healthy coping mechanisms, such as exercise, meditation , or getting support from family and friends? Or do you overeat, watch too much TV, drink, smoke, or rely on other destructive coping practices to reduce stress?
The more certain you are of the strength of your coping skills, the less likely you are to feel overwhelmed by stressors.
People often create much of the stress in their lives through their own negative, defeatist, or worrisome attitudes. If this sounds familiar to you, know that simply adjusting your attitude can reduce stress. Try the following tips to shift your attitude: