Identifying Sources of Stress
In order to manage your ability to cope with stress, you first need to identify the source of your anxiety. When a person is stressed, it can be easy to overlook the true origin. Work deadlines, bills, and family relationships are all general sources of stress, but there is always a more specific indicator of what the real cause of your anxiety is.
Say, for example, that you are stressed about work deadlines. Ask yourself, “Is my job too demanding? Did I bite off more than you could chew on this project? Or am I just procrastinating?”
If your job is too demanding, perhaps you should consider a career change. This can also be a stressful transition, but at least it will yield excitement and a more prosperous, happy life.
If you bit off more than you could chew, you need to learn how to say “no” and stop over-committing yourself.
If you just procrastinated, you need to address your time management skills.
If you narrow down the general concept of stress into something tangible, then it’s easier to find a solution. Stress managed!
It’s very important to understand that stress isn’t a temporary condition. It has its ups and downs, but in reality is always there. As long as you have bills to pay, a job to do, and even only one relationship, you will experience stress for the rest of your life.
The secret to coping with stress is being able to identify its sources and use that to your advantage. What can you learn from your vulnerabilities?
Managing your stress levels is a major self-improvement tool that generates incredible results. Accepting our susceptibilities is a quick path to self-discovery. The more that you know about yourself and the role that you play in creating your own stress, the better you will be able to handle it.