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Identifying the causes

Increasing demands of the modern life calls upon the need for better stress relief skills.The effects can be really serious and if you have been experiencing stress for a long-term and want to know the seriousness of your stress illness, you should consult a medical expert for advice.

Nonetheless you may find simple stress relief methods in this article to help you relax your mind during stressful periods.

You need to identify first what causes stress

1. Does the stress come from work overload? Don’t have enough time to manage your work?

2. Is it caused by fatigue? Fatigue or poor health only reduces work productivity and do you know what happens? You can’t finish your work and you get stressed out! This may cause burn out.

3. Or is it caused by your feelings? Did you suffer from emotional tension?

4. Is it stress or anxiety? There is a huge difference. Anxiety is a medical condition and it is advised that you see a doctor for help. Your doctor will be able to give you some advice on how to deal with the problem.

Below are a few stress relief techniques to help you relax your mind. If you can identify where stress comes from, then you can deal with it. So have you decided which category (1-4) the cause of your stress falls into?

Dealing with Stress

Manage Work Overload

Break the routine. Try to change your hectic routine for a day. Find time to relax during the week. Make sure you don’t do any work related activities during this time period.

Take Yoga classes to reduce stress. Yoga helps relax your body to let you feel energized again. You just need to take time off to clear your mind of certain things. Stop working non-stop, remember when you feel totally down, take a long breath and relax for a moment.

Changing Your Perception

When a person cannot handle tasks in accordance to his or her capability, stress will definitely occur. This is especially true if that person perceives that the demands made are just too overwhelming; exceeding the personal and social resources he or she is able to utilize. In actual fact, the situation is not the cause of stress. It is the ‘perception’ of a person that causes stress. Stress is derived from our own interpretation of the situation.

Stress is caused by the *perception* of an impending threat. There can be times when we’re wrong. Negative thinking, excessive harshness and injustice to ourselves and others can intensify stress. As a result this can undermine our performance.

This is because mental effort that is wasted worrying and fretting over a situation can be put to better use by focusing on our work. The capacity of our conscious mind is disrupted when negative thoughts compete with task-related thoughts – all this competition disrupts our thought-flow and causes mental strain on ourselves.

Although eliminating worry and anxiety altogether is unwise we should reschedule issues that might be plaguing our thoughts and postpone dwelling on them for later.

If you always experienced negative emotions, and if you are ever told negative emotions are bad, don’t worry. They are not all that bad, sometimes you just can’t avoid having those emotions, but you can choose how to respond to it. Stress can be managed very easily when we apply emotional analysis.

Emotional analysis

Emotional analysis is a stress relief tool that helps you understand the emotions you and other people feel and identify the assumptions that lie beneath them. Once you’ve gained understanding of these assumptions you can decide for yourself their accuracy and can either change your perception or take appropriate action.

These assumptions are usually made when we experience negative emotion.

Usually these assumptions will make us think that the situation will not go the way we want it to. We think that it is conflicting with our goals, values or personal opinion.

The easiest way to deal with this is to identify what are our assumptions when we experience these negative emotions, and reframe the situation. People hardly made any rational decisions when they are experiencing anger, hatred or sadness.

Thus with emotional analysis we can take a step back and think before acting upon it. When we take time to think, we will see these assumptions fade away, and we will not act foolishly during that period while we are experiencing anger or sorrow. Remember to take a deep breath and relax when you know when you are experiencing negative emotions.

Cognitive Restructuring

Cognitive restructuring is another stress relief tool that is similar to emotional analysis, but it takes a more formal and intensive approach to understanding causalities of negative moods.

This stress relief method is useful for looking objectively at negative thinking to help you remove unfair and unjust negative thinking that lowers self-confidence.

It helps you take a clear, balanced look at the realities behind stressful events.

To limit the number of stressors competing for your attention, you just need to interpret and analyze the stressful situation logically and not use your emotions to make your decision. By doing so, you divert your energy to focus more on productive tasks that require mental effort.


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