Are You Experiencing Self-Induced Stress?

Do you find yourself over scheduling events and appointments? Do you fail to communicate with people in a meaningful way because you are simply too busy? Do you feel guilty if you have nothing planned or scheduled and only free time to yourself? Are you constantly multi-tasking? Are you habitually late to everything? If you identified with the above situations, chances are that you are experiencing some signs of self-induced stress. Some people are just so driven that they actually create their own stress. Not only do they create stress for themselves, but for others around them. Many of us have only ourselves to blame for our stress. It is self-induced because we feel compelled to have to “do everything.” Here are some strategies and techniques to eliminate self-induced stress:

Action-Oriented Strategies

Learn to say, “No”! Continually remind yourself that you are in control. Limit the amount of time you spend with people or events that add stress to your life. Don’t continuously put others needs before your own. You will burn out.

Learn to Delegate. Can someone else do the job? Some people fail to delegate because they think no one else can do the job as good as they can. This is usually not true. Let go and hand the job over to someone else who can do it for you.

Learn to Prioritize. If you are overwhelmed with too many activities, consider what is important versus not important. Is this event or activity important? How important is it? Can it wait to a later date? Everything that is urgent isn’t important. Think about if this “urgent” situation can be handled at a later point in time.

Thinking Strategies

Outside of changing your behaviors, you may have to change your thinking. Become a positive thinker and engage in positive thinking each day, throughout the day. Avoid blowing things out of proportion and jumping to conclusions. Eliminate “all or nothing” mentality. Make it a habit to focus on the good. And destroy the ego that insists on being perfect. Perfectionism is self-defeating and stress inducing because you set unnecessary and often unrealistic expectations. There may be a lot of pressures to be and do your best but often times there is what’s called “Good Enough”! Maybe it is about time you develop more healthy thinking patterns and dramatically reduce your stress levels.

Coping Techniques

Applying action oriented steps and healthy thinking patterns to reduce stress are critical however, you may need to also use helpful coping techniques. Helpful coping techniques include massage therapy, exercise or physical activity, aromatherapy, meditation and yoga. Some people also find journaling, playing or listening to music and visualization to be very therapeutic as well. Finally, making good ole’ connections with other beings can be stress relieving and don’t forget this includes our furry friends.

Dealing with stress is more about changing your lifestyle and attitude about life then it is about applying any one technique. When you are faced with stressors, ask “How can I minimize or eliminate this stressor?” If you can’t eliminate the threat, perhaps you can change your response to the stressor. Through it all, remember, you should be in control.

Warmest Regards,

Alaisha Capers


Originally published at alaishacapers.com on August 13, 2014.