How to Identify and Manage Stress

“It is not stress that kills us, it is your reaction toward it.”

– Dr. Hans Seyle

The truth is this: stress is a part of life, and a total avoidance of stressful situation is impossible. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain precautions and strategies available to combat stress. It’s best, first and foremost, to treat stress with as open a mind as possible.

Some instances of stress seem to come completely out of nowhere. There are times when you may feel like your plate is full and everything has piled up all at once. The best way to avoid situations such as these is to pay more attention to planning and to resist procrastination. Sometimes it can be difficult remember your myriad of responsibilities, so keeping a thorough schedule can be a big help. Though of course, sometimes chaos and over-commitment can seem unavoidable. In times like these, it’s important to be honest with yourself and reach out to others for assistance and communicate with those in your life.

There are other times where stress seems more constant, where you begin to feel like your daily life is filled with more and more chaos. The best way to combat this may be looking at your schedule, and, if possible, learning to distance yourself from certain commitments that have become too overbearing. This isn’t only for activities or work-based tasks, but also your regular interactions with people. If there are people in your life causing you more stress than necessary, be proactive in how you frame your interactions with them, communicate, and allow them to understand what may be affecting you.

One of the most important elements in eliminating stress is proactivity. In the moment, stress can seem overbearing and impossible to conquer. But once these moments pass, it is crucial to remember what caused you so much stress in the first place. There is a tendency to forget the stressors in moments of rest, but these are the exact moments where you should be employing precautions to minimize future stress. Understand that stress is normal, and you’ll begin to approach these situations with more vigor and a newly powerful mindset.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
The world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization