To handle stress effectively identify the type of support you require...
2)appreciation for skills
3)challenges to improve your skills
5)reality testing (are things really how you think they are)
To handle stress effectively seek out people who can provide support...
To improve your support system...
1)Identify the people who support you depend on and tell them how important they are to you
2)Ask for the support you need
3)Decrease time spent with people who are not supportive
Certain groups are especially prone to bad stress--menopausal women, people with dyslexia, and creative people.
Possessing a creative mind...is something like having a border collie for a pet. It needs to work, or else it will cause you an outrageous amount of trouble. Give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents... [I]f I am not actively creating something then I am probably actively destroying something (myself, a relationship or my own peace of mind).' -Elizabeth Gilbert (Big Magic)As a creative person, I find it very helpful to get out of my head. This may include--going for long walks or ti chi or yoga or...
As a writer, I've always found it helpful to write about my stress. This way it is out of my head and down on the page where I can see it. In my head the worry seems a lot bigger then it does when I see it on the page. When I see it on the page it's a lot easier to brain storm solutions.
My creative mind loves to work. I can often work on more then one project at a time. But it also deserves time off. I find meditation leaves me refreshed.
This is a huge subject and I know I've only stretched the surface. I'm very interested in learning new strategies. How do you handle bad stress?
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