“Effective stress management starts with identifying your sources of stress and developing strategies to manage them. One way to do this is to make a list of…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Stress Management Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Coping/Dealing With Stress
  • Managing Stress
  • Stress Busters
  • Stress Management
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Stress Reduction/Relief

Alcohol or Not

Can alcohol help with stress?

No. In Alcohol: A Cure for Stress? Adverse Effects a doctor quoted on the (United Kingdom) Drinkaware.co.uk explains:

“Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows down the brain and the central nervous system’s processes. Eva Cyhlarova from The Mental Health Foundation says: “Over time, heavy drinking interferes with the neurotransmitters in the brain that are needed for good mental health. So while alcohol may help deal with stress in the short term, in the long run it can contribute to feeling of depression and anxiety and make stress harder to deal with”. “People who drink heavily are more likely to suffer from mental health problems””.2

Talking

Can talking help with stress?

Yes. In Alcohol: A Cure for Stress? Don’t Avoid the Issue a professor quoted on Drinkaware.co.uk explains:

““The best way to deal with stress is to choose a trusted friend or colleague and tell them what’s worrying you. Then, together you can come up with some solutions. That’s often all people need to start feeling better””.3

First Step

What can be the first step in stress management?

In Stress Management: In-Depth – Stress Management: Know Your Triggers: Take the First Step the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Recognizing a problem is the first step toward solving it. By beginning to identify and understand the sources of your stress, you’ve taken the first step in learning to better manage it. Manage it, not eliminate it. Stress is a fact of life. And that’s OK. You can learn ways to handle it”.4

Sources of Stress

How can sources of stress be identified?

In Stress Management: In-Depth – Stress Management: Know Your Triggers: Know Your Stressors the Mayo Clinic also elaborate on:

“Effective stress management starts with identifying your sources of stress and developing strategies to manage them. One way to do this is to make a list of the situations, concerns or challenges that trigger your stress response. Take a moment to write down some of the top issues you’re facing right now. You’ll notice that some of your stressors are events that happen to you while others seem to originate from within”.5

Stress Management Techniques

What are some stress management techniques?

DotS stress management techniques may include:

  • Aerobic Exercise
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Humor
  • Jogging
  • Learning Mindfulness
  • Learning Problem Solving Skills
  • Learning Time Management Skills
  • Learning To Be Assertive
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Physical Activity
  • Prayer
  • Relaxation
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Tai Chi
  • Talking
  • Walking
  • Yoga

Stress Management Practical Steps

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In 5 Things You Should Know About Stress: 4. There Are Ways To Manage Stress the (United States) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) elaborate on:

“If you take practical steps to manage your stress, you may reduce the risk of negative health effects. Here are some tips that may help you to cope with stress:

  • Be Observant…
  • Talk To Your Health Care Provider or A Health Professional…
  • Get Regular Exercise…
  • Try A Relaxing Activity…
  • Set Goals and Priorities…
  • Stay Connected…
  • Consider A Clinical Trial…”.6

Physical Activity

Is there an association between physical activity and stress?

In 5 Things You Should Know About Stress: 4. There Are Ways To Manage Stress the NIMH note:

“Get Regular Exercise. Just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost your mood and reduce stress”.7

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help to manage my stress?

If you would like help to manage your stress, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

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  1. Stress Management: In-Depth – Stress Management: Know Your Triggers: Know Your Stressors. 28 March 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-management/art-20044151 Accessed: 22 December 2019
  2. Alcohol: A Cure for Stress? Adverse Effects. Drinkaware.co.uk https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/lifestyle/alcohol-not-a-cure-for-stress/ Accessed: 22 December 2019
  3. Alcohol: A Cure for Stress? Don’t Avoid the Issue. Drinkaware.co.uk https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/lifestyle/alcohol-not-a-cure-for-stress/ Accessed: 22 December 2019
  4. Stress Management: In-Depth – Stress Management: Know Your Triggers: Take the First Step. 28 March 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-management/art-20044151 Accessed: 22 December 2019
  5. Stress Management: In-Depth – Stress Management: Know Your Triggers: Know Your Stressors. 28 March 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-management/art-20044151 Accessed: 22 December 2019
  6. 5 Things You Should Know About Stress: 4. There Are Ways To Manage Stress National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml Accessed: 22 December 2019
  7. 5 Things You Should Know About Stress: 4. There Are Ways To Manage Stress National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml Accessed: 22 December 2019
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