How to Reduce, Prevent and Cope with Stress

It may seem there’s nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands, and your career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.
 
Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges.

Identify the sources of stress in your life

Stress management starts with identifying the source of stress in your life. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines. But maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that leads to deadline stress.

To identify your true source of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses:

  • Do you explain away stress as temporary, even though you can’t remember the last time you took a breather? I just have a million things going on right now.
  • Do you define stress as an integral part of your work or home life?  Things are always crazy around here.
  • Or as part of your personality? I have a lot of nervous energy, that’s all.
  • Do you blame your stress on other people or outside events, or view it as entirely normal and unexceptional?

Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it, your stress level will remain outside your control.

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Why Use a Life Coach?

Can you remember when you were a child and everything was possible, when no goal was unattainable?  Working with a life coach helps you rediscover that level of possibility and brings any goal within your reach.

Do you wonder why you set goals – maybe even the same goal – over and over and never reach it?  Did you know that there are several levels to goal setting, and each one increases your chances of success? 

If you have an idea, you already have a 10% chance of making it happen.

If you make a conscious decision about when you’ll do something, you have a 40% chance of doing it.

If you create a plan, you have a 50% chance of taking action.

If you make a commitment to someone else, you have a 65% chance of carrying it out.

If you make an appointment to report back to that person with a progress report, you have a 95% chance of going through with it.    

If you do all this, plus have someone to cheer you on, hold you accountable, and keep you on track…YOU CAN’T LOSE!   You can’t win the race if you don’t know where you’re going!  Christian life coaching helps you train for the race of life. It helps you to clarify your goals and remember where you’re headed and why.

“Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus … so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Heb 12:1-3

Click HERE to read about the benefits of using a Life Coach.