Paladin's Perspective

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Definition: Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response.


Hans Selye, the father of modern stress research, defined Stress as "any event which may make demands upon the organism, and set in motion a non-specific bodily response which leads to a variety of temporary or permanent physiological or structural changes".

Stress Management Strategies

Stress management strategy #1: Avoid unnecessary stress

  • Learn how to say “no
  • Avoid people who stress you out
  • Take control of your
  • Avoid hot-button topics
  • Pare down your to-do list

Stress management strategy #2: Alter the situation

  • Express your feelings instead of bottling them up
  • Be willing to compromise.
  • Be more assertive
  • Manage your time better.

Stress management strategy #3: Adapt to the stressor

  • Reframe problems
  • Look at the big picture
  • Adjust your standards
  • Focus on the positive.

Stress management strategy #4: Accept the things you can’t change

  • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable.
  • Look for the upside.
  • Share your feelings
  • Learn to forgive.

Stress management strategy #5: Make time for fun and relaxation

  • Set aside relaxation time
  • Connect with others.
  • Do something you enjoy every day.
  • Keep your sense of humor. This includes the ability to laugh at yourself.

Stress management strategy #6: Adopt a healthy lifestyle