up the Action Plan
the stress diary will aid you understand
the level of stress under which you work most effectively, and help
you know precisely what is causing the stress. Once you know these
it is time to draw up your own personal stress management action
DID I GET INTO THIS? Then
give yourself time for an extended thoughtful answer. 9 out of 10
times you will discover that the stress that you are under is your
own making. If you accept most of the responsibility for the
situation in which you currently find yourself, your quest to reduce
stress will be greatly enhanced and made easier cause as a corollary
of your confession you happen to discover that you are in control.
Thus altering the situation to reduce stress should not be much of a
problem. A realization that provides a psychological boost to your
stress mitigation exercise.
stress, often the ability to take cool calculated decisions
decrease. And to draw up the action plan these are the precise
qualities that are necessarry. So instead of thinking on your own
ask yourself WHAT
WOULD A CALM PERSON TO DO? Merely
by posing the question you open yourself to a world of insights. I
suggest writing it on a blank page in your stress diary, so that
there is plenty of space for all the self generated solutions that
you are going to record.
elements of what you record will be actions you are going to take to
contain, control or eliminate problems that are causing you stress.
Other elements may be health related such as taking more exercise,
changing your diet, or improving the quality of your environment.
Some may cover stress management techniques that you will employ
when stress levels begin to build.
all that you have jotted down and bingo you have your action plan
right in front of you.
example plan is shown below.
contents and structure of your plan are for you to devise - it will
depend entirely on your circumstances.
stretches in the morning
a proper filling breakfast
breaks every two hours at work
up my office desk
the Princeton Deal file to Jack Harvey
deep breathing whenever my boss shouts at me
not carry work home
down on the daily intake of alcohol
time with baby John
to sleep latest by 10:30 PM
career goals monthly
range of stress management techniques will be explained later in
this article series. Different techniques are will be effective for
different situations and causes of stress. Thus use the techniques
according to the circumstances that you are under. Keep reading.