Being Stressed No More
You may feel that there is nothing you can do about feeling stressed. The bills will not stop coming, there may never be enough time, job responsibilities and your family will always be asking for your time. But you may have a control on these aspects of your life. Stress management is taking charge of your life. It teaches you how to deal with your thoughts and emotions. No matter how stressful the time seems to be, there are strategies you can use to regain control.
Everyone responds to stress in a different way therefore there is no solution of “one size fits all” for managing stress. But sometimes you may feel that the stress is getting out of control. That is the time to take action.
Halima Noon is working at Willing Ways as a clinical psychologist. She has done her MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Her published MS thesis includes current trends of materialistic values and compulsive buying among young adults. She is a Certified Reiki Practitioner from Ijaz Psychiatric Institute. Halima is also an artist by profession.
Editor: Hameeda Batool
Identify the sources that are causing stress in your life
It may be easy identifying sources of stress following major life events such as changing a job, moving your home or losing a loved one but identifying the sources of stress in everyday life is more complicated. To help you identify the true sources of stress you need to look closely at your attitude, habits and excuses. The first step is accepting responsibility for the role you are playing in creating and maintaining your stress.
Keeping a stress journal helps you identify the stressors of everyday in your life and ways of dealing with them. Keep track of stressful events in the journal. Keeping a daily log helps you gain more insight on the patterns and common themes that you are using. It includes the causes of stress, the way it made you feel physically and emotionally and the way you dealt with it.