3 Effective Stress Management Techniques

By Esther Tan

A couple of decades ago, science fiction aficionados and futurists believed too much in the powers of the rapidly advancing technology that they predicted less work for human beings and more machines do our bidding around this time. As you can see in today's world, they were wrong and right at the same time. Wrong, because they made our lives more complicated and hectic while bringing along a good amount of comfort. Wrong, because people are working more hours in this day and age as opposed to the time the futurists made their prediction.

However, the prediction was true in a sense that some Americans are now working less hours. In fact, there are Americans that aren't working at all. They have been laid off by their companies due to downsizing to be able to survive during these economic trying times. The unemployed faces the pressures to find jobs to feed their families, while the employed faces the pressure of handling the added amount of workload that were left behind by the laid off personnel. Both these scenarios have one thing in common: stress. Stress has never exempted anyone. Not before, and certainly not now.

Stress has been a problem of man for a long time. Today, there are a lot of stress management techniques. While the goal of these techniques is the same, there are varying methods due to the varying ways that people react to stress. The three main categories of stress management techniques are as follows:

Stillness: Most stress management techniques involve a certain degree of stillness. The objective of these techniques is to induce a state of relaxation and calmness. Examples of these techniques include meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, and listening to soothing music.

Moving: When there's a no-moving technique, there will always be one that requires movement. These techniques are more on the distraction side. Engaging in sports or indulging in hobbies can turn your attention from the stress you face to something fun. Exercises also boost your energy that you may have rapidly lost due as an effect of stress.

Positive Mindset: An endocrinologist proposed that there is good stress and bad stress. Stress becomes good or bad if we react to them in a good way or bad way, respectively. Having the enthusiasm or optimism every time you are faced with stress helps us better deal with stress. When we have a positive mindset, we are less likely to get into our fight or flight mode.

There are a lot of stress management techniques listed under each aforementioned category. Since we can't avoid stress, you can utilize any stress management to at least reduce the effects. - 31520

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