Managing Stress

A leading California-based management consultant Dr. Karl Albrecht has pioneered the technique of managing stress in business people. He segregates stress into four common categories:

• Time stress – one of the most frequent types of stress situations where you worry about the number of things left to do and the limited time in which to get them done. Time stress emanates from concern that you’ll forget to do something important. When you suffer from it you experience a feeling of helplessness and entrapment. Managing stress of this nature is to learn and practice good time-management skills, use to-do lists and make doable action programs.

• Anticipatory stress –is a kind of stress you develop when you consider the future. It could be vague and unclear or it could focus on a specific upcoming event. Managing stress of this nature entails recognizing the event that is the focus of your dread and using positive visualization methods to picture the situation going the way you want it to.

• Situational stress – this is a form of stress which arises in a situation in which you find yourself but which you have no control over. Managing stress which is situational requires you to recognize stress triggers or emotional signals which your body emits when under pressure. Once you are able to do this you need to learn to take control of your emotions, practice conflict resolution and be able to hit the road thinking.

• Encounter stress – this is stress which you experience when you get worked up over meeting a particular person or group of people. It sometimes arises out of ‘contact overload’ when you are drained and overwhelmed after meeting too many people. Managing stress of this sort requires you to develop deeper emotional intelligence skills to be better able to recognize the wants, needs and emotions of yourself and others. Managing stress of this type requires a heightened sense of empathy which enables you to view a situation from another’s perspective.

Managing stress is not easy, but not impossible either. To know more how our doctors can help you when managing stress, call PrimeMedical at 321-548-0201.

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