Five Effective Tips to Manage Stress
Stress can be experienced by any of us at any age. Children may experience stressful peer pressure, worry about exams, their body image, popularity. Adults often have work, family or relationship worries to contend with. Older people may stress about health, finances, their quality of life. Each age brings its own stresses and concerns.
Let's look at five effective tips to help you manage stress:
- Acknowledge that, at times, stress can be an effective motivator; it helps you perform at a higher level, get more done each day, and tap into unexpected resources. But a constant stressful state can cause issues with health, affect your quality of life and impact on your happiness and contentment. Hypnotherapy is an effective way to manage the different kinds of stress - the 'bad' stress that can become a draining, habitual pattern or response to situations and the 'good' stress that helps us to 'up' our game whenever required.
- Many people find that listing their worries or stresses helps them to manage their lives better as they itemise the things that are preying on their mind. You can add to the list as required, prioritise items, make notes, and cross out tasks as completed. Hypnotherapy can help reinforce the technique of moving worries and stresses from inside your head to outside where they can be dealt with systematically and effectively, one at a time. Congratulate yourself each day at what's been accomplished and relax knowing that any outstanding items won't be forgotten, just simply carried through to the following day.
- Delegate. At home let others help even if the result is not up to your personal standards. Giving positive feedback and encouragement helps others feel included in the team, more responsible and happy to learn new skills. Some people struggle to delegate; they may feel guilt at not doing everything themselves. Hypnotherapy can help in recognising this pattern of behaviour, identify where it originated and then let it go. Delegating to staff at work encourages them to grow in confidence as they become more adept in their tasks. Your trust in them may even encourage them to offer suggestions or come up with new ideas of their own.
- Work on personal relationships by taking time to establish regular open and honest communications. Share conversations about your thoughts, feelings, experiences rather than just daily factual updates. Put dinner in the oven and enjoy going for an early evening walk or play a game together as a family. By doing this you set up a regular space to de-stress, improve your relationships and have relaxing time, chatter and maybe even exercise.
- Have quality personal time. It can be easy to put ourselves last on our list, but committing to regular time for yourself for the gym, to spend in your garden or enjoy an important hobby or interest makes all the difference to your stress levels, your mindset and your quality of life. Hypnotherapy can help you to feel more confident about saying what you need in a respectful, effective way. This positive approach often improves the dynamics of all your relationships.
Having time for yourself, whether to spend alone or with others, is important in demonstrating that you and your personal interests are important. Personal time is another valid and effective way to help you manage stress.
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