Coping with Stress

Stress is perhaps the most common reason why illness are popping out. Stress is part of everyday life as this popular cliché would convey. Many people have studied stress and how it affects our lives as well as our relationships. As we become more aware about what is stress and how it affects our performance, it is fitted to know how to cope with it.

Coping with stress simply means accepting that stress cannot be eliminated but can be controlled as well as the results of it in our lives. It should be fundamental that in order to cope with stress, imagine yourself that you are on top of it. For instance, if stress is like a mountain, then think that you have climbed its peak. Simply think that you have explored and managed it.

Here are the ways to cope with stress:

H – Have a regular break from routine work. Remember that you are not a machine. Your body needs to readjust a little once in a while. A 15 minute break for instance is really helpful for the body to reenergize and continue with the work. Do regular deep breathing or when you have time do yoga exercises. In this way, more oxygen levels circulate your body as you move.

A – Acknowledge that stress is normal in life. Being aware that stress is really bound to happen to you may make the load easier to carry. Identify the things that cause stress or simply called stressors. Once you have identified it, you are now on the way of solving to control that particular stressor.

P – Pay attention to your body. Sometimes, you body may signal hunger, sweat or need for a comfortable temperature. These are normal and helpful signs that your body is adjusting to the physical stress that you feel. Grabbing a snack or replenishing yourself with fluids can keep you going.

P – Place a time for everything. Try to keep time with work, rest, relaxation and sometimes play. Giving you body a huge variety of levels of exertion will make your body fitted to cope up with the pressures. Practice to place a specific time for everything and you’ll see that everything will just fall into its place.

Y – Yield yourself, your plans and decisions to the Almighty. Who else knows your future as well as plans ahead of you for your own good? Simply and not else but God the Almighty. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, so stop stressing yourself out and yield everything to Him.

As a closing note, according to my experience, when stress is overwhelming, I would recall this short saying: “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept things that I cannot change and the courage to change the things that I can.”

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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