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The 5 R’s for Stress Management

The 5 Rs for Stress Management AngelaDColeman Sisterhood Agenda
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I have 5 R’s for stress management that can help you refocus, relax, and re-energize yourself during even the most difficult times in your life.  Yes, you can bounce back, and faster than you might think.

Sometimes we worry about things that we have no control over.  Perhaps your work situation is not ideal and your partner is not living up to expectations.  Maybe you are experiencing a lot of change right now, or even a loss. 

Do you need help managing your stress?

Stress is difficult to avoid

While stress in life is normal, existing in distress is not. 

How we cope with stress is individual and can be very personal for each of us.  Realizing that you need more tools for stress management makes you smart, self-aware, and brave.  It takes courage to make sure you protect your mental health and prevent an emotional breakdown.

There are things that can happen at any point during our day that cause physical, emotional, and spiritual stress.  There are signs that we can look out for.  These stress indicators include heart palpitations, sweating, shaking, headaches, stomach aches, shortness of breath, intense reactionary responses, irritability, increased anxiety, and depression.

Listen to your body.  It will tell you when it needs help.

When this happens, there are things that we can do to get balanced again.

Stress management is key

A balanced state is a peaceful state. Stress causes your body to be out of balance. 

How we manage the stress in our lives is indicative of how healthy we are.  When we manage our stress, we can be there for ourselves, our family, and our friends, and we can effectively show up in service.

Getting back in balance is the main goal of stress management. 

When stressed out, you might forget that you do not have to be a reactive victim to whatever anybody does or says.   Stress management is a process that is always in your control and does not cost anything.  So, firstly take control!

Remember:  you are in charge of you. 

Secondly, let’s reduce the negative impact of that stressful event AND prevent it from happening like that again.  My tips for stress management include:

1. Realign:  this means putting things back in their place as quickly as possible to get your equilibrium back.

2. Relax:  this means taking time to sleep, taking breaks, and prioritizing activities that help you unwind and be free.

3. Recover:  this means actively working on the issues that throw you off balance so that eventually they stop disrupting your life.

4. Reset:  this means starting over again after difficulties, literally pushing the re-do button to start brand-new, the next minute, hour, day, or week.

5. Rest:  this means honoring your need to step away and restore yourself; rest is necessary for healing.

I hope that this information is helpful!  Follow Sisterhood Agenda on Instagram.

Photo credit:  Gabrielle Henderson, Unsplash

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