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Take 4 Steps to Put Stress In Its Place

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are tired of the tension and worry that just never quite leave, you may need some new tools to put stress in its place.

The Mayo Clinic came up with four strategies that promise to cut right through stress. They advise you to alter, avoid, adapt and accept to take control of stress. They are designed to reduce the impact of the stress or increase your ability to handle the challenge. See if they lighten the load.

Alter

Making some changes may make all of the difference.

  • Take a good look at the situation and see if you can change it to lessen the stress.
  • Speak up and communicate how you feel in hopes of altering the situation
  • Reach out and ask others to change their behavior
  • Put limits on time up front to establish boundaries and reduce demands

Avoid

Lower your stress by seeing what you can do to change the circumstances.

  • Rethink traffic or waiting in long lunch lines by traveling at different times or finding other ways to cover lunch.
  • Be able to say no and stick with it. Don't get trapped into extra duties or burdensome demands that wipe you out.
  • Head the other way when you see troublesome people coming your way.

Accept

When problems simply can't be avoided use other techniques.

  • Explain how you feel. You may not be able to change a tough situation, but you might be able to talk out your frustration with a friend.
  • Forgive and forget. If you can let it go you may avoid all of that negative energy and move on to other things.
  • Accept the situation but work through what happened and resolve to do it better the next time.
  • Learn from the situation. Some of the stress may be lowered if you figure out what happened and how you can improve things in the future.

Adapt

Stress often comes from not getting the results that you wanted. Finding new answers or methods might provide good answers.

Rethink your standards - Look closely at the situation and consider what would work better to get the job done without creating so much stress.

Don't accept gloom - Refuse to dwell on stressful situations that just serve to irritate you.

Try different approaches - Instead of feeling frustrated by lost time, put it to work to accomplish other tasks.

Develop a slogan - Come up with your own words that say, "I can do this." Repeat it whenever you need it.

Count your blessings - When you feel overloaded, balance everything out with thoughts of family, home, and pets. Be grateful for what you have.

If these four techniques to lower stress help, hang onto them and use them as often as you need them. The reduced stress will be good for your health.

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

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