How not to Manage Stress
We all go through stressful times at some point in our lives. There are many methods available today which can help one cope with the short-term symptoms of severe stress and provide a cure for chronic stress. But, there are also some strategies that people use today that are counter-productive. There are numerous ways in which you may go wrong when it comes to handling stress and here are some of the well-known errors.
One typical symptom of stress is that it may result in anger and you might be inclined to lash out at both your trusted friends and family members. It might also result in some individuals drinking too much alcohol and coffee both of which might result in greater stress and a tendency towards shortness of temper. Another common effect of stress is insomnia. If something is worrying you, and you are uncomfortable physically, then it could be challenging to relax and sleep well. And when you get some sleep, it is most times light and interrupted and not restful.
To deal with insomnia, a lot of people turn to sleeping pills which may work in the meantime but it is also normal for people to become addicted to them. The result of this is that you will add the addiction of sleeping pills to the stress problem.
When dealing with stress, do not ignore the issue that led to the stress. If possible, know the cause of the stress and deal with it. If a person at home or work is causing you issues, find a way to talk with them and deal with the issue. If you are anxious about many things, you can talk to a friend, family member or counselor to help you deal with what is troubling you.
Another problem is that individuals under stress often tend to be less objective. A heightened focus on problem-solving may be okay but obsessing about a problem might be counter-productive. When dealing with an issue that’s the cause of your stress, try to look at it as though it were someone else other than yourself. You will see that we are often better at maintaining our objectivity and devising a solution when the problem is affecting another person.
Some individuals will try to deal with stress by doing the right thing but doing it with the wrong motive. If your stress is due to a problem at home, for instance, you might decide to put all your efforts in a project at work. Shifting your attention away from the problem will make it possible for you to avoid it for the time being, but it’s just a temporary solution and one that will just mask what is a developing problem.