Good and Bad Stress
In our last post, we talked about creating a stress management plan for your sanity. Stress is a health wrecker. It causes physical and mental harm. So, as your new school year begins, we want you to develop a plan to reduce and relieve stress.
We have created simple worksheets to help you create a personal stress management plan. The worksheets allow you to identify your good stress and bad stress. Then you must identify the physical and mental symptoms caused by the stressors. So, this creates an opportunity for you to think about which stressors you the most concern.
Afterward, you will plan how to relieve or eliminate stress. Some examples of things to relieve stress include:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a balanced diet
- Time Management
- Have a support system
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, colas, and sugar
Setting Goals for Your Stress Management Plan
Remember, your goal is to learn to cope, prevent, or relieve stress. Therefore, next, it’s time to describe your stress management plan. While you’re working on your plan, think about the examples given above. However, start with small goals. Do not overload yourself with a grand plan that adds more stress to your life. Perhaps, choose one or two goals in the beginning. As you master those goals, add one or two more to your stress management plan.
Finally, you will add activities to your stress management plan. The activities will serve as a daily guide to help and support your goals. Furthermore, your plan is a living document and will change as needed. Your life changes, so your needs change, too.
Also, the most difficult part of a plan is sticking to it. Therefore, pace yourself and take one day at a time. The object is to reduce stress, not add on more. Once you’ve developed a solid routine, keeping stress out of your life becomes easier. Click on the PDF to create your stress management plan. Stress management Plan