AAABC of Stress

Stress management is a process of decision-making. How we perceive it and how we decide to act on it determines its effect on us.

The bad news? We are really bad at managing stress and often allow it to get the better of us. However, there are different strategies we can use to drastically reduce the stress in our lives or, at least, how we react to it.

This is the AAABC of stress management:

A - Alter. It all begins with making adjustments. We often get buried underneath enormous amounts of stress, and we can’t think clearly. Over time, we start accepting that stress as a normal part of life. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you take an objective look at the different stressors of your life, you’ll realize that some can be drastically or fully eliminated through alteration.

A - Avoid. Sometimes, the best way to deal with a stressor is to avoid it altogether. To conserve your energy and sanity, it’s much better to say no, delegate or even quit certain tasks than to push through and pile on more stress.

A - Accept. At some point in our lives, all we can do is accept our circumstances and push through to get to the other side. We can’t always alter or avoid stressors, but we can always choose to accept them with confidence

B stands for build resilience, and C stands for change perception. With these two tools, we can drastically improve our stress management.

We can greatly improve our resilience by taking better care of ourselves. Positive habits such as exercise, meditation, and better nutrition make us stronger, more energetic, and more confident

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