Managing Stress

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Use Coping Self-Talk to Reduce Worry and Stress

Changing your self-talk is one great way to reduce stress caused by chronic worry. One of the quirks of being human is that we seem to be terrible at dealing with our own problems, but we’re usually pretty [more…]

Is Anger Causing Your Stress?

Everyone feels anger sometimes. Unfortunately, too many people — and you may be one of them — experience too much anger too much of the time. Anger is not only terribly stressful, but it can also be harmful [more…]

How Anger Causes Stress and Hurts Your Health

Anger, just like anything else, isn’t all good or all bad: It has many pros and cons. The following sections explain those for you, so that you get a clear picture of anger and the effect it may have on [more…]

Control Your Temper for Less Stress

Anger is not an automatic reaction beyond our control, even though it may feel like that at times. Instead, anger is a response that can be managed. So, before your next outburst of rage and fury, take [more…]

Become Mindful of Your Anger

Being off-balance can indicate that you’re caught up in automatic, often distorted, thinking, which can cause chronic stress. You need to re-group, detach from your feelings and thoughts, and become centered [more…]

Change Your Mindset and Reduce Stress

Most often, your thoughts and perceptions are what make you angry, and anger in turn causes stress. You can learn to modify your thoughts, lessen your anger, and prevent much of your stress. [more…]

Learn to Reduce Anger and Stress

You might find that anger, frustration, and impatience are actually causing chronic stress for you. If this is the case, you can practice lengthening your fuse, and learn to reduce your own feelings of [more…]

Use Coping Self-Talk to Reduce Anger and Stress

If you find that your own feelings of anger are often the root cause of your stress, examine your thoughts that are making you feel angry. When confronted with a potentially anger-provoking situation, [more…]

Does Venting Release Stress?

Are you better off expressing your anger or keeping it in? Popular psychological wisdom suggests that when you’re feeling angry, you should get it all out, releasing that pent-up hostility. Punch that [more…]

Six Ways to Dispel Anger and Reduce Stress

Studies show that venting and expressing anger increase stress, contrary to popular belief. So here are six positive things to do to work out anger and reduce your stress. Think of this part as preventive [more…]

Stress and Your Values

“What,” you may ask, “have my values and attitudes got to do with the stress in my life?” The answer is, “Lots.” Your personal values and your overall philosophy of life play a major role in determining [more…]

Clarify Your Values and Reduce Stress

Your own values can affect your level of stress in your daily life. Here are several exercises designed to help you discover and clarify what values and goals are important to you. These exercises aren’t [more…]

Reach Your Goals and Manage Your Stress

Reaching your goals and living by your values is one huge way to live with less stress. Try to spend some time identifying your values and goals, and then look at how you are realizing them. [more…]

Express Gratitude and Reduce Stress

Research has shown that people who feel gratitude are happier, report more life satisfaction, and report less stress. Grateful people are less likely to be depressed, anxious, lonely, and neurotic. But [more…]

Keep a Mental Gratitude Journal for Less Stress

Feeling and expressing gratitude goes a long way toward alleviating your stress in daily life. Intuitively you know you should feel and express gratitude, but you may put it into practice less often than [more…]

Stress: Thinking Errors that Hinder Optimism

Much of your stress might come from looking at the future with either anxiety or hopelessness. Fearing the uncertainty of the future, believing that the worst will happen, depressing yourself about the [more…]

Stress Management: Construct an Optimistic Future

If you think you are overstressed by negative thoughts, you can examine and challenge those thoughts. You probably have many stories you tell yourself about your life that give it meaning and shape the [more…]

Stress Management: Challenge Your Negative Thoughts

Stress can come from your own thinking errors that can create a rather pessimistic and hopeless view of the future. Arguing with yourself can help you create a new perspective when you are thinking negatively [more…]

Laugh Your Way to Stress Reduction

If you take life (and yourself) too seriously, you can just about guarantee that your stress level will be higher than it has to be. Life is filled with hassle, inconvenience, and a myriad of other nuisances [more…]

Use Humor to Reduce Stress

Using humor has been proven to relieve stress. Still, very few of us would admit to not having a good sense of humor. Yet too often, we lose the ability to laugh [more…]

How Faith Helps You Cope with Stress

Having a belief in something greater than your immediate experience can be a powerful force in helping you create inner peace and cope with the stress in your life. We live in a universe that is both mystifying [more…]

Volunteer Your Time to Reduce Stress

Offering of yourself is one great way to relieve your own stress that may relate to your own problems. Often the biggest obstacle to volunteering is figuring out what to do and where to go. Most communities [more…]

Believe It or Not, Most of Your Stress Is Self-Created

Feeling stressed is, and always has been, a two-part process. First you need something “out there” to trigger your stress, and then you need to perceive that trigger as stressful. Then you feel stressed [more…]

Thoughts that Cause Stress

You might feel that your stress is a direct consequence of the stressful event or trigger. You may think that “the situation made me stressed.” And that would be entirely understandable. [more…]

Separate Stressful Thoughts from Feelings

In order to manage your stress, it’s important to recognize the difference between a thought and a feeling. Most people confuse their thinking with their feelings. For example, if someone were to ask you [more…]

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