Managing Your Stress
Posted: 9/27/2018 8:00 AM by
Interim HealthCare values our many partners in the community. We have so many community partners who share our values and our mission: to Improve People’s Lives. Welcome to our Community Spotlight Monthly Feature, where we honor a community partner organization!
This month, we are featuring Adonist Barber and Capital Region ERN
Contributed by Adonist Barber, Success Coach for Capital Region ERN
Managing your stress.
As I inch my way down a highway jam packed with morning commuters all headed out for another day of hard work, it becomes very easy for me to see that the society we live in today at large, is progressively moving faster and becoming busier than ever. The daily hustle and bustle or go-go-go mentality has helped to bring countless people face to face with their biggest goals and dreams. However, no coin can exist without two sides and so, the stress associated with our seemingly never-ending list of “things to do” can bring even the most motivated and strong-minded people to their knees. All of us experience the stress of our everyday lives both on a professional and on a personal level. The questions are, how many of us actually take the time to think about the effects stress can have on our overall well being, and how many of us have contemplated on, and created healthy outlets through which we can relieve the stress that can become so debilitating to our health mentally, emotionally, and physically? My guess would be some, but certainly not all.
How can you identify and relieve stress?
The first step is to know your stress signals. When a situation (or just life in general) becomes increasingly more stressful, what are the signs and signals your body gives you? Do you begin to feel anxious or irritable? Maybe the palms of your hands become sweaty and shaky, or perhaps you feel your body becoming tense and tight as your temperature begins to rise. Some of us may retreat within ourselves or even shut down completely. The signals of stress can be as varying as the people who experience them, but making a mental note of your own stress signals can be incredibly valuable information if you wish to get ahead of the ball and have the “jump” on potentially stressful situations. Identifying these signals can be instrumental in building coping skills, which are really nothing more than mini-strategies to help you deal with, and hopefully decrease your stress in the moment. Stress signals are like road signs that warn you of trouble ahead, once you begin to experience them, you can choose to take a detour.
Now that you know what your stress signals are, what can you do?
Now that you have identified your stress signals you can learn to manage them by using coping strategies such as deep breathing, taking time away to gather your thoughts, writing in a journal or a diary, venting to a friend, family member, or loved one, using positive self-talk, or shifting your focus to “being in the moment” instead of focusing on past mishaps and/or future expectations. If your schedule allows, you could try taking several mini breaks during the day to go outside and get a moment of fresh air. The point here is not only to identify your stress signals, but to incorporate a plan to cope with them as they begin to manifest. Being mindful in these moments can bring about powerful insights about your own inner nature, and relieve stress before it becomes too much to handle. Sometimes just a small shift in perspective can help to stop you from turning a stressful moment into a stressful day!
What are some other ways you can cope with general stress?
There are many different ways you could combat your overall stress level. Great outlets could be activities such as, incorporating a daily exercise routine, engaging in physical activities like dancing, sports, going for a long walk, taking a bike ride, or practicing yoga. You could practice meditation for better mindfulness, or take the time to yourself to read that novel you’ve always wanted to get around to. Perhaps spending time with family or friends would do the trick, or maybe setting aside time to pamper yourself would help to lower your overall stress level. The methods for stress reduction may vary from person to person, but the key is to find a method that works best for you and set aside time to do it! The amount of hours of sleep you get can also be a big determining factor when it comes to raised stress. In a world that seems to never sleep it can be easy for us to fall into the same pattern which leads to our unnecessary suffering ultimately affecting our mind, our emotions, and certainly our bodies.
I say all of that to say this.
Allowing stress to build without creating healthy outlets of relief can be damaging to ourselves, and to our environment both at work and at home. It can lead to issues with family, employers, friends, and loved ones, while also fostering an array of different mental, emotional, and physical struggles. Identifying our triggers and signals, and having a strategy to help cope with the stress as it comes, can bring great clarity to otherwise frustrating situations. When we as human beings lower our stress levels, we tend to become much happier, engaged, and focused on the things we need to do. Don’t allow yourself to sink in the depths of negativity stress can easily bring should you let it. Because although it may not be possible to completely avoid stress all together, the fact is there are many different ways we can take the power out of its punch!
We wish to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Capital Region ERN and Adonist Barber for the difference they make every day in our community!
Adonist Barber is a Success Coach for Capital Region ERN, a program through Schenectady Works. As a Success Coach, Adonist is dedicated to assisting others in understanding their true value and strengths while empowering them to be successful within the workplace and in their personal lives.
Founded in 2014, Capital Region ERN is a private-public consortia whose purpose is improved workforce retention through employee support and training. Success Coaches are a confidential service available to assist employees through difficult work, home, or life issues by connecting employees with resources, advocating for and coaching them through real life situations. Onsite Success Coach is a confidential resource that employees can access on a predictable, ongoing basis.
For more information about Schenectady Works or Capital Region ERN, visit their websites www.schenectadyworks.com or www.ern-ny.com