What are the 4 a's of stress management?

Since each person has a unique response to stress, there is no single solution to managing it. Stress is the emotional or physical tension that the body creates when presented with events or thoughts that cause concern, frustration, anger, or nervousness. While short-term stress can help avoid danger, long-term stress can lead to health problems. Sometimes it's easier said than done, but you can avoid situations that cause you stress. This can be achieved by being proactive with your life, taking charge of your environment and avoiding people who cause you unnecessary stress.

Incorporate these simple mindfulness tricks into your daily life. If you're in a stressful situation that you can't avoid, a useful way to get around the situation is to try to change it. What does this look like in a work environment? Communicate your limits in advance by learning to say no effectively without feeling guilty. Kindly ask people to change their behaviors and practice time management skills. Even when you've done your best to avoid stress, sometimes it just happens.

If this happens, you should know that EVERYTHING IS FINE. Learn from previous mistakes on how to better avoid stressors, but don't be too hard on yourself. Talk to someone because sometimes a kind phone call with a trusted friend or acquaintance can allay concerns and practice positive self-talk because no one needs a more enriching conversation than your stressed self. Some people thrive in stressful environments, while others may feel their world falling apart when they run out of milk.

If you can delay your gratification, you'll likely feel better in the long run and control your stress levels much better. However, excess stress can cause adverse health outcomes, including acting as a catalyst for various psychiatric illnesses and substance use.

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