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Stress Management for Women – Part Two

In part one of this article series, we looked at the meanings of stress and stressors. We talked about good stress – eustress. We discussed bad stress – distress.

As we continue to address stress management for women, we turn now to practical ways you can respond appropriately to stressors in your life.

You Don’t Always Need to Control

One faulty line of thinking that makes stress management for women difficult is the idea that we must always control. Most of us want, to a great degree, to be in control of our own lives. We want to determine when and how we do things, and may resent the demands of others.

Stress management for women will be its strongest when we consciously determine to acquiesce cheerfully in matters not critical to our beliefs. Does the boss suddenly want a speech written by this afternoon? Smile! Tell the boss, “Certainly,” and explain that you will lay aside your current work and get right to it. You just turned potential “distress” (negative stress) into “eustress” (positive stress) with a smile and a few words. You gave yourself permission to change gears and tackle the speech with energy.

You Are Allowed to Say No

As observed in Part One, stress is our response to unusual demands on us. While many of those demands do not permit a “No” response, there are times when you are allowed to say no. If you determine to practice stress management for women, permit yourself to turn down invitations. Permit yourself to decline nominations.

As you exercise stress management for women, you may find that the unusual weight of some demands has been brought on by your reluctance to say no. Does your colleague want you to shoulder her work so she can take extra-long lunch breaks every day? Smile! Tell her cheerfully that when they were handing out work, they gave you a size large, and you really can’t handle anymore. You just turned potential “distress” into “eustress” with – again  a smile and a few words. You allowed yourself to refuse appropriately.

You Will Be Happier with Schedules

Most stress management for women, men, or children must include schedules if it is to be successful. Schedules help you maintain more legitimate control of life.

Time with Others Can Multiply Eustress

Good stress management for women includes the practice of conscientiously and consistently making time for others. Guilt is a major stressor for many women who work outside the home. Their response to that guilt is to become anxious, worried, and harried. Other inappropriate, negative responses often follow. Soon, distress is in control.

If you exercise stress management for women, you turn “distress” into “eustress” as you make time for those who mean the most to you. Take time to play willingly with your children. Take time to talk sincerely with your teenagers. Plan a family night, a hike, or a camping trip.

It is also important, as part of stress management for women, to make time to be alone with your spouse. Find a trustworthy babysitter, and spend an evening out. Go for a drive along the lake or into the mountains. Take a picnic to a quiet beach. You need not spend money, only time.

Make it a Habit

Make a habit exercising stress management for women, and you will also form habits that increasingly turn “distress” into “eustress” in your life.