Stress Management Action Plan
Action Plan For Feeling Blessed and not Stressed!
On the previous page titled Identifying Stress and Laying the Ground Work to Take Control we ended the discussion with a list of precursors.
The goal of the list was to help you cultivate a different attitude and perspective when dealing with stress. If you like, they lay the foundation and create the framework towards a stress-free life. Of course, when I say stress-free, I’m talking about the negative stress that is dangerous to your health and well-being and not the eustress, that you have discovered, is actually good for you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Sleep is the best meditation
- Learn to relax
- Exercise your way to a stress-free life!
- Start dealing with little problems one at a time
Let’s match your Mental – ity with your Activ -ity!:
This is the doing part of the plan, so even before you get into the tips and techniques of stress management, you and I are going to start actively challenging and changing the way you do things. It means that by the time you get to the tips and techniques, you will be much better prepared to apply all you have learned.
There are seven principles which you need to develop and integrate as a way of life. This will be the foundation of not only managing the stress in your life, but also to re-define the parameters of your life towards success.
They are the principles you are going to develop, then apply to specifics techniques which will be the final part of your stress management action plan. Yes there are very specific actions you need to take if you want to get very specific results!
Like any master plan to build a house, there must be a strong foundation to hold it all up.
Principles For Change:
Discipline and Structure
Now for the most part I am just going to touch on each heading because there is much more detailed information throughout the website. However the principles to follow all pertain to the subject of stress.
Start raising your awareness!
This is the first step in developing a better relationship with yourself and the world around you. You should apply awareness to every single aspect of your life in order to better understand who you are, what you feel and what value it brings.
As you develop a greater awareness, your ‘attention’ on life is neither anguished by the past or starry-eyed about the future. It simply is right here, where it should be, in the present, enjoying the delights of the moment.
Start by engaging the five senses of human nature: Sight, Smell, Sound Taste and Touch.
As you eat your evening meal, what are the taste sensations while you chew your food?
As you dress for work, how does your cotton shirt feel against your skin?
Purchase some flowers just for yourself and smell their scent by consciously opening the airways in your nose. Do this by smelling, then following the scent to the back of your nose.
By starting with these very basic exercises they will lead to a better understanding of the who, what, why and when stressors present in your life. Much more importantly awareness has the quality of anchoring you, not to your emotions, but to that part of you within, that is less affected and perturbed by stress.
What makes you tick? What makes you leap out of bed in the morning rearing to start the day? What would you do for free, just for the love of it?
‘Passion is the language of the Soul and the pulse of creativity.’
So why it is essential that you search for your passion?
Because your passion is the very fabric of who you are. When you are passionate about something, you weave it into your DNA. It becomes what you say, what you do, where you go and who you meet.
Passion unveils your purpose and creates the circumstances which unfold your dreams, goals and aspirations. It then translates to a life you chose to live rather than a life you are shackled to.
Knowing your passion can create your own business, secure a record deal, invent the latest internet fad, launch you on the moon, or some other pursuit that can literally propel your from stress to success!
‘True satisfaction is knowing your purpose and working your passion’.
Discipline and Structure
Almost any book or editorial written in relation to successful people invariably makes reference to a life-style based on discipline and structure. It is the same principles that when applied to stress management, will result in the same success.
Being discipline and structured = MORE QUALITY TIME.
When you actively make time, you assert more control over the time available in your life. You get to chose what to do with it, rather than being the unwitting participator of Time Crime. Life stealing your precious time before you even realise it!
Okay so it may be a little more difficult in the beginning, to get up that extra hour. Guess what? The amount of work you get done is greatly compensated with the quality time you subsequently have later in the day for your loved ones.
More importantly, discipline and structure sets a certain tone and clearly defines boundaries, for yourself and others.
‘If you can’t say no to somebody
You give free-reign to everybody’.
Being disciplined and structured will result in people being more respectful of your time and will free-up more time for you to enjoy.
A mentor is someone more skilled or experienced who offers advice, support, and guidance to facilitate the learning and development of a more junior or less experienced person.
Mentoring corresponds with number three on your list of precursors above, ‘don’t be afraid to ask for help!’.
Many successful individuals seek out the support of a mentor rather than go it alone. They rely on sound, knowledge-based, insightful and intelligent advise that the mentor has acquired experientially, to create a successful life of his/her own.
A mentor can help challenge your ideas and perhaps your limitations and bring a new and dynamic perspective.
I found this great website that matches mentors with mentees, hope you will find it useful:
Action = Results!
Don’t talk about making changes, just do it! In fact the more you talk about it, the more it will remain at that particular level of the process.
In order to move things from ‘A’ to ‘B’ you need to ‘C’ the opportunity then ‘D’ eliver the blow! In other words execute your plan to eliminate stress in a pro-active way.
Create a timetable
Keep a journal
Join the gym
Set daily goals
Set weekly goals
Set monthly goals
Set long-term goals
Just keep moving!
Your quality of life is seriously diminished and compromised without daily exercise. No-one is saying you need to run the marathon or lift heavy weights all day! Do however find something you enjoy or at least start embracing physical exercise in a positive way.
Cycling (my personal favourite!) 🙂
and many many more
Get wise… eliminate stress with exercise!
Breathing and Meditation
In the physical realm, we know that breathing is essential to life. Breathing supplies oxygen to all parts of your body and eliminates the waste product carbon-dioxide. Without breathing you would simply die.
In Yoga, Pranayama is the art of breathing control. Prana – ‘life force energy or breath’, Ayama – translates to ‘control or mastery of’.
Now think about a particularly stressful event in your life and the changes it made to your breath. You probably began breathing faster with short and tense spurts. Your breath at this stage becomes less efficient which can lead to over breathing (hyperventilation) and is much more out of control.
Breathing is one of the most fundamental principles of stress management which we will look at further at the action plan stage.
Meditation is a practice that creates a mental shift in awareness or states of consciousness. It has become a sought after practice for creating calm and balance within. It is a great way to combat stress and put you in a more relaxed state of mind. Read here for Free Meditation Tips – Learn How I Beat My Stress and Anxiety Through A Weird Meditation Method
Meditation is a must for your mind’s rest and rejuvenation and is also one of my favourite means of escape from the everyday chatter and chaos.
Well-being reflects the overall message at Sharing Self-Improvement which is ‘be good to yourself.’
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Without grasping the basic principle of ‘be good to yourself’, your life may end up replicating the selfless good samaritan who gave and gave and gave and when she finally stopped giving, she died. She was so worn out physically, emotionally and spirituality there was basically, nothing else to give!
When you love yourself first, you are able to give freely and kindly but also recognise your limits and signs of depletion. You give from a more powerful source that enriches the lives of others.
When you operate from a healthy place, your foundation is as solid as a rock. It is not moved or ruffled easily. You are like the die-hard soldier entwined with the delicate rose. Strong but gracious. Beautiful but bold.
Being good to yourself creates the healthy space to be good to others.
Now that we have covered the fundamentals of Stress and created a framework from which to apply it, you are adequately prepared for your Action Plan. The nuts and bolts of Stress Management. Tips and Techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life.
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