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Stress Is What You Make It

We make choices countless times daily. We choose what to eat, wear, say, etc. One thing we may not realize that we have the choice of is getting upset. Getting upset gives our personal power away to another. It lets us become stress-is-what-you-make-itemotionally weak and compromises out decision making skills. The majority of us don’t realize that we have the choice to get upset. It takes time and self-discipline to make this choice. It takes thoughtfulness and it requires a shift in life philosophy. All of us are capable keeping our upset in check which makes stress management much easier.

Is stress really worth it?

One of the first things to consider is the thought “is it worth it”. That answer is rarely yes and more than not we don’t realize the effect it has on us. We should realize that little is accomplished by being upset. We can still protect ourselves (better in-fact) and we can keep a calm demeanor.

Make your choice

An important realization to make is that, of course, it’s a choice to be upset. It may not always be an easy one to make but it is almost always the right one to make. Making this paradigm shift in thought is one that brings us to a higher level of self-empowerment. It is a potent stress reducer and therefor great for our health and mind.

Bringing it all together

Many abilities come into play when you choose you want to be in control of your mood. We must understand that rarely are we upset for the reason we think we are. We are unhappy when something happens that we don’t want to. We should understand that when things go aerie, adapting to the new happening will give us the power of the situation back to us. This idea is a stress reducer, it prevents the need for stress relief because we cut stress off in its path.

Once we gain control of our upset we give ourselves a great self-empowerment and a strong life skill. Adapting to change and learning new skills is the constructive and thoughtful way to live our lives. It helps us and it helps the ones around us. Preventing stress is the most effective stress reducer and a skill we can all learn.

 

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Workplace Stress

It doesn’t matter what job we have; a 9-5 office job, construction, food service, or anything else, we all get stressed from our jobs. Weather it’s a difficult client or customer, maybe the demands of you are to great, perhaps your working overtime or even two jobs the stress will be there. For some people it just comes from working at one place for to long and getting burnt out with the same stuff day after day and feeling trapped. Others may be brand new and realize this isn’t what they want to be doing. Whatever it may be workplace stress is almost always more excessive then it needs to be and changes can be made to improve your work life.workplace-stress

Stress management

There are many steps you can take and they all depend on your individuality and your workplace conditions. If your in an office a start can be to remove the clutter and add some enjoyable ascetics to it. The visual enhancement of your space will really affect your stress levels and productivity all the while projecting good things to your co worker and more importantly your boss. If you work at a place you hate you need to change your conditions or change your job. The conditions you change can both be external and internal, internal being much more effective. If you tell yourself day after day you hate your job and you dread going into work, it’s going to get worse and worse. Not because the workplace is getting more stressful or more difficult but because you keep telling yourself that it is. Your perspective is everything, really it is everything.

Grow a new perspective

People can be happy and content in relatively poor working conditions if they have the right perspective. Workplace stress can be cut down by changing your view on your work. It can also be lowered with proper stress management, combining the two will yield great results for you. Look around Stress Reducer and other resources and find what works for you.

Workplace stress doesn’t have to affect your life. Find stress management techniques that work for you. Look at your work the right way and you’ll be much, much happier!

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Test Your Stress

This is a tricky subject since we are all so much different. One person can handle many stressors at the same time while another person has a hard time with just a couple or even one. Testing stress is still possible although it is hard to do accurately. Some stress test are out there like the Trier Social Stress Test which tried to single out effects of your personality in relation to dealing with stress. They do this in a lab however, so it really isn’t accessible to the general public.test-stress

There are test administered by psychologist called burn out tests. These tests of stress measure how close you are to being burnt out. They are usually used in combination with what is simply called stress tests; which will help you find all of the stress causing events and stimulus in your life. Combining these stress tests helps to get a better idea of how much more stress a person is able to take before they experience cognitive exhaustion (as defined in a previous article).

So there really aren’t a lot of great options to test stress. The best option in my opinion would be detailed self reflection. Consider writing a journal day to day. This is a great way to reflect on how you are feeling and what is causing you to feel this way. You can test your stress easier than anyone else can and I believe if done correctly it can be more effective. Come up with your own ideas on how you would best measure your stress. Think about your day as it happens and sum it up on paper. Reflect on this and gather a more detailed idea of the levels of your stress on a day to day basis. These are steps you can take for a happier tomorrow!

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