Don't Fret About Managing Stress
By Raymond Lee
Stress Management...is there really such a thing? Can a person really put stress and management in the same sentence? Yes, they can! Before we begin, let's just define stress in itself.
Stress is a combination of many things such as events and circumstances that people experience and their mental and physical reaction to those things. It can also be defined, technically, as "a condition in which one feels that demands have exceeded social and personal resources available to them".
Therefore, stress management can be aptly identified as our ability to have some form of control of our reactions to the events and circumstances that cause us stress. Perception seems to be the common denominator when categorizing stress.
Stress Management is most effective when the person feels that they still have some form of control and/or the ability to obtain a form of control. It is a way to cope with work burdens, people problems, environmental issues, jobs, and performance in a wide variety of topics.
However, there will be times when actually taking control of a situation, physically, is not possible and one must handle stress with an emotional approach. This form of stress management can be of equal value to the person, but is not as easy.
The hardest approach to stress management can be accepting things as they are and moving on. It is a very difficult situation to understand stress and how to survive it. Some will strive on stress and excel, while others stagnate and fall prey to it.
It's the timeless advice to accept that which you cannot change, work to change those that you can and the wisdom to know the difference. It is this wisdom that brings about the ability to cope and the ability to live stress free. As part of a person's personal development and especially in a management position, being able to quickly determine whether a situation warrants strength to deal with it or the ability to look beyond it.