“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.”
Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun - plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.
Start by identifying the sources of stress in your life.
- Start a stress journal
- Look at how you currently cope with stress
- Learn healthier ways to manage stress
Then, use the following stress management strategies:
- Avoid unnecessary stress
- Alter the situation
- Adapt to the stressor
- Accept the things you can’t change
- Make time for fun and relaxation
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
What are the benefits of managing stress?
- Sleep better
- Control your weight
- Lessen neck and back pain
- Get along better with family and friends
Susan Sloop, Work Life Consultant
GVSU Human Resources
Phone: (616) 331-2215, Fax: (616) 331-3216
Page last modified March 20, 2013