Life should be exciting and pleasurable. How many times have you said that to yourself? Perhaps as you have waited in a traffic jam or opened all those bills and invoices for last month’s purchases!
However, for life to be enjoyable we all need to be able to manage the challenges that we face. Unfortunately, there will be times when we feel we cannot cope and it is then that we may experience negative stress. But experiencing signs of stress does not mean you are a weak individual who cannot cope – it just means you are human like everyone else! We all react differently to the situations we have to face because we are all unique individuals. Some of us may be passive personalities whilst others may be very competitive and our reaction to pressure, and especially excess pressure, will vary enormously. And dependent on our reaction, will be the state of our wellbeing and health.
Life in the 21st century is very different to that of only a few years ago and perhaps it would be useful to look at how we can improve our stress levels during the coming year.
Some of the most common signs of stress are:
|¨ Mood swings||¨ Anxiety and/or depression|
|¨ Skin problems||¨ Tiredness|
|¨ Muscle tension||¨ Poor concentration/ memory|
|¨ Waking unrefreshed||¨ Changes in eating patterns|
|¨ Low self esteem||¨ Digestive problems|
It is very important to take positive action when faced with stress as, if experienced over a prolonged period of time, it can seriously damage mental and physical health.
The following proven coping strategies can really start to help reduce the effects of any stress in your life.
The secret to managing stress is learning how to control your personal environment, and the pressures within it, by strengthening all your resources of energy and utilizing your time efficiently.
By Carole Spiers, FPSA, FISMA, MIHPE,
Carole is an International Motivational Speaker and C-Suite Executive Consultant. Her credibility is rooted in twenty five years’ success as CEO of a leading UK Stress Management Consultancy, working with equal success both in the UK and the Gulf.
Carole is also a sought-after BBC Guest-Broadcaster and the best-selling author of ‘Show Stress Who’s Boss!’ who is regularly called upon by the media for comment. Being Chair of the International Stress Management AssociationUK and Founder of Stress Awareness Day, Carole is also a Fellow and Past President of the Professional Speaking Association, London.