Addressing your Stressing!

Stress can feel like a tricky cycle to break free from, as often the symptoms then add to our stress, and we feel worse. But the good news is there’s a simple way we can manage the impact of stress, and it’s all about planning.

By completing my simply designed 3 step planning tool or ‘safety plan’ you can begin feel more in control of your life, motivating you to achieve your goals, and helping to maintain balance and calm. Honest! 😁

This will offer you a sense of security and confidence that, when stressful things happen, you will be prepared for it and by actioning this plan back to a place of calm and stability.

Here’s what to do:

1. What will help?

Ask yourself this question, and then write down what might help you stick to this goal. For example: reading 📖, taking a bath 🛀, yoga 🧘‍♀️, talking to a friend 👭.

When we are feeling stuck or overwhelmed, our brain doesn’t function as usual. This can mean we struggle and lose sight of our goal(s). The best & simplest way to solve this is to be prepared, to plan ahead.

2. Identify your goal

Think about what you want to work on, then flip it on its head and think about the positive behaviour you want to achieve. For example: I want to feel less stressed. Therefore my goal is to feel calm and relaxed.

Spending a few minutes physically writing down your goal forces you to clarify exactly what it is & begins to feel achievable.

3. ‘If and then’ plan

Systematically work through those vulnerable times in your day, or potential barriers that might come up, and identify what positive behaviour you can use to ensure these situations don’t throw you off track. For example: if an argument happens at work, then I will go to my desk and listen to music for five minutes. If I start to overthink a situation, then I will distract myself by going for a walk. Note: if you’re prone to catastrophising this might not be the best method for you, unless you can really focus on the ‘then’ part. We’re all unique and the most effective techniques might vary for individuals.

The course of life never runs smoothly 100% of the time, but remember the more we prepare ourselves, the less impact these situations will have on our mood. Having all this written down can take the pressure off you having to think of coping strategies in the moment when your mind is most vulnerable.

So there you have it! Just one way of keeping calm when stress threatens to overwhelm but there are many ways to relax & stay calm. How do you manage your stress levels? I’d love to here your strategies, perhaps you may help others too.


S x

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