First steps to manage personal stress

Do you feel like your personal stress is getting to be too much for you? Here are some suggestions on how to improve your personal stress management.

Identify the things that cause your stress

You first need to figure out if the problem causing your stress is serious or if it just feels that way. If the problem can’t cause you any harm, you can manage it better if you have a clear head.

For example, if your problem is that you have lots of work, ignoring it won’t make it go away. If anything, it can only make things worse. If you try to forget the problem by doing something fun, you won’t be able to enjoy it because your problem will always be in the back of your mind.

Instead of trying to ignore your problem, take the time to analyze it more closely and find possible solutions. Don’t try to solve everything at once. To make things easier, break your tasks into small “mini-tasks” and do one task at a time. As you complete one small task at a time, you will find that the workload becomes lighter.

Learn to avoid stress

Avoid stress as much as possible. It can sometimes be better to avoid difficulties than to struggle to deal with them afterwards. For example, if you know that some people around you have a negative influence on you, it may be better to avoid those people. Proactively seek out people who have a positive influence on you. Such a prudent approach is better for you in the long run.

Learn to let things go

Of course, it’s important to solve problems. However, there are many cases where there may be no direct solution to things that keep bothering and stressing you repeatedly. Try to accept such problems as they are without overestimating them. Relax and look at the problem with distance. Perhaps a good solution will arise later.

Learn relaxation methods

Did you know that you can learn to flip a switch in your brain that can take you from a stressed to a relaxed state? There are many methods you can use to instantly relax. Yoga, meditation, autogenic training and progressive muscle relaxation are among these methods. Other methods include special breathing techniques, such as the 4-8 breathing technique.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed, find a place to lie down and place your hands on your stomach. Then take a deep breath. Each breath should fill your belly, expand your chest, and slightly spread your fingers. Inhale slowly as you count to 4.

Hold the breath for 8 counts (or longer if you can) and then exhale for at least 8 counts. After a few deep breaths, you will feel your whole body loosen up and relax. If you can’t lie down, you can also do this exercise sitting on a comfortable chair.


These are just a few of the things you can do to effectively manage your stress. You can add more methods and techniques to your personal stress management. Just start testing methods and find out what works best for you personally.

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