Techniques Used in Reducing Stress

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Running head: Stress Management Techniques Techniques Used in Reducing Stress Autumn Constance Central Michigan University
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Running head: Stress Management Techniques Techniques Used in Reducing Stress A stress management program has been created to assist a Participant in helping to cope with stress and achieve adequate recovery. The three techniques chosen to meet the needs of the Participant are meditation, exercise and anger management. It is believed that implementing these techniques into everyday life will better one’s coping responses and effectiveness. Meditation is the intentional practice of focusing your attention. This can be focusing on words, objects such as candles or even your own breathing. Meditation is used successfully in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, diabetes and arthritis. Meditation is also helpful in calming your thinking, anxiety and depression. Meditation is also useful in calming the mind and body. The participant meditated using candles at night before bed to try and calm fleeing thoughts and be at peace at the end of every day. This technique is to be used at the end of each day as well as in stressful situations to help with coping. Exercise is a simple and effective way to pursue stress management. Exercise releases endorphins, decreases muscle tension, increases brain activity and rids your body of toxins. Exercise was chosen specifically due to its effectiveness in relieving chronic muscle tension. This technique is to be used regularly meaning at least 3 times per week. Exercise can also be used spontaneously during particularly hard episodes. Taking a quick walk in the park is a great way to collect your thoughts and work out some of your tensions. Anger Inoculation is the idea that if you expose yourself to memories or anger situations, while using coping skills, you will learn to manage your anger response. The 4 steps to anger inoculation are relaxation skills, coping thoughts, inoculation and real-life coping. Anger
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Running head: Stress Management Techniques inoculation has been shown to reduce both trait anger and anger incidents. This technique was chosen to help the participant better handle stressful situations without getting a temper. This
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