Coping With Stress

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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Stress in experienced through each individual's perception of stress-inducing events. As a result, there are as many types of stress experiences as there are people, and dealing with them often requires a highly individualized approach. However, there are some basic guidelines that have been shown to be of benefit in many cases of stress. These guidelines divide the countless degrees and varieties of stress into several broad categories. The categories are then examined in relation to the individual, and common techniques used for coping with stress.

There are three prominent styles of stress management techniques. The task-oriented approach focuses on directly confronting stress-inducing catalysts, and analyzing their influence. Emotion-oriented techniques examine the emotional ramifications of stress and its causes, and involves looking to others for support. Distraction-oriented techniques rely on diverting an individual's focus from stress and stress inducers, and applying that energy to a more beneficial pursuit. The application of one style over another depends on the individual and the situation, but they can be practiced in tandem with each other.

Methods for Coping With Stress

Some methods of coping with stress are simple, yet surprisingly effective. A lot of these techniques are also protective measures, preventing stress from growing more serious. One example of this is simply to avoid procrastination. Procrastination fosters uncertainty, worry, distraction, and confusion, by preventing an individual from feeling in control of their situation. A popular anti-procrastination method is to structure the day with a specific time schedule, assigning specific tasks and duties to specific times. This eliminates the constant anxiety that can come from procrastination, as it allows for free time to be comfortably enjoyed.

Tough decisions are often a source of stress for many people. One technique for coping with stress related to tough decisions is the use of an organized, written lists of all ramifications and aspects of the decision at hand. Simply laying out the problem in writing, along with a clear overview of all of its components is an effective way to ward off the overwhelming stress, by allowing the person to maintain an organized, clear perspective in the face of confusion.

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