Everyone I have ever met has complained at some point, that they are feeling stressed out. In fact, stress is the great equalise. It cuts across race, religion, social class, age, gender, sexuality, occupation etc. The great and the good as well as newborn babies, teen, the elderly etc all get stressed.
The only differences between all these people (newborn excepted!) is really what they do about it.
This is not rocket science. Nonetheless so many people think that just because the answer to stress is relaxation, it takes no effort. It does. Stress management programs only work if you work at them.
So here are some top tips to ensure you give yourself the best chance of succeeding at a stress management program.
Buy into the program
Literally. It has been shown time and again that everyone likes free stuff but no-one values it. If you are going to make an effort to follow a stress management program, you have to buy into it, literally. Find that will cost you what you consider to be an attention grabbing amount. That way you will be far more likely to follow it.
Tell you friends and family what you are doing
This is the “naming and shaming” idea! Without help, support, and a “loss of face” downside, most programs fail. That is why Weight Watchers and Slimming World are so successful. And crucially – public weighing spurs participants to succeed because they do not want to be seen to fail. The same is true of stress management programs. If you do not want to explain why it failed, (and why you could not be bothered to make it work), you will make it work.
Do a stress management course when you are not stress maxed out!
This sounds tough! But as no-one is at their best when they are stressed, it does not make sense to take new stuff on at this time. You are too busy lurching from crisis to crisis, simply fire-fighting. So, try to anticipate when you will next have a high stress time, and schedule your stress management course in the period just before it. That way you will be able to put your new skills and tools to work right when you need them most!
For more information about stress reduction techniques, download the free ebook from this site! (Prove me wrong about people not valuing free stuff!) And if I’ve left your favourite tip off this list, please comment below!