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Unformatted text preview: n a job which was stable and routine, whereas the person who thrives under stable conditions would very likely be stressed on a job where duties were highly varied. 2. Our personal stress requirements and the amount which we can handle before we succumb to stress changes with age. 3. It has also been found that many illnesses are related to unrelieved stress. If one is experiencing stress symptoms, one has gone beyond the optimal stress level; then it is necessary to reduce the stress in the individual’s life and/or improve the ability to manage it. Sikkim Manipal University 184 Stress Management Unit 13 How Can One Manage Stress Better? Identifying unrelieved stress and being aware of its effect on an individual’s life is insuff icient for reducing its harmful effects. Just as there are many sources of stress, there are many possibilities for its management. There are two choices in this regard­ either change the source of stress and / change your reaction to it. W hat is the path for doing so? 1. Become aware of the stressors and the emotional and physical reactions. Notice what causes distress. Ignoring them is not a solution. Listing out all the events that cause distress is important. W hat does an individual tell himself/ herself about the meaning of these events? Determining how the body responds to the stress. Does the individual become nervous or physically upset? If so, in what specific ways? 2. Recognizing what can be changed. Is it possible to change the stressors by avoiding or eliminating them completely? Can their intensity be reduced? Is it possible to shorten an individual’s exposure to stress? Can one devote the time and energy necessary to make a change (for example, goal setting, time management techniques may be used)? 3. Reduce the intensity of the emotional reactions to stress. The stress reaction is triggered by our perception of danger: physical danger and/or emotional danger. Are we viewing your stressors in exaggerated terms and/or taking a diff icult situation and making it a disaster? Are we trying to please...
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