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How to Avoid Letting Stress Take Over

By Stephen R. Farris

It's just a few minutes until the end of your shift. You've been working full force ever since you first arrived earlier that morning. Even though your workload is still heavy, you're looking forward to getting off and going home to unwind for the evening. 

But just before the shift bell rings, your supervisor calls you into their office. He/she wants you to stay an extra couple of hours to clear out a few extra files. At that point, you feel like pulling out your hair, screaming at the top of your lungs and punching your supervisor. Any of these could result in finding yourself in the unemployment line the next day.

So now you're more stressed out and wondering how to calm down so you can complete the assignment and escape from the office.

You might just be in luck if you try a few of these techniques that can help you de-escalate your current situation, and any future stressful situations you might face in the future.

It's called the ABCDE method, which stands for:

  • Attention
  • Belief
  • Challenge
  • Discount
  • Explore the options

Here's a more in-depth look at how ABCDE plays out in your life.

Attention

When hit with an immediately stressful situation, shift your thinking. Listen to your inside voice.

Belief

What you think is actually happening may not be totally correct. Stop for a minute and think about what did happen, or what is happening to get a better assessment of the situation.

Challenge

Internally check all the scenarios. View them as if everything was calm at the moment. Challenge your thinking on the stress you're feeling at the moment.

Discount

Sometimes when our emotions lead, they may dominate the way we see or feel something. Do your best to let those unhealthy thoughts exit from your thinking as quickly as possible.

Explore the Options

Step back and explore other options you have to better handle your stress.

By following these examples, you have a better chance of not letting your stress turn into physical rage.

You can also talk with your local chiropractor about the stress you feel. They can answer any questions you may have and provide treatment options to help lessen the stress on your body.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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