Most stress management programs demands techniques such as role playing, group discussions, and other behavior that is difficult for introverts. The very stress management that is to help reduce stress creates demands on the introvert that elicit stress. Wanting to avoid the added stress, introverts may create excuses to absent themselves from such stress management programs.
Introverts’ stress management techniques must cater to their distaste for public demands. Yet how can a stress management program in a school or workplace cater to individual needs outside the program?
Introverts’ Stress Management Techniques Include Study of Definitions
The first thing a good stress management program does is define terms. Your stress management program should have clear definitions of pertinent terms for everyone. Ask the introvert in your workplace to read and study the definitions in private. Such a request places no undue public pressure on introverts.
Read through articles on this website to construct a list that minimally defines:
Introverts’ Stress Management Techniques Include Eustress Augmentation
The best stress management programs spend a great deal of time on eustress augmentation – much less time on distress reduction. Introverts seeking stress management techniques will find the challenge of eustress augmentation easy to incorporate into daily life without assistance.
Provide guidelines that will help introverts respond to stressors in positive, constructive ways.
1. Communication – introverts should discuss heavy demands with a trusted colleague, spouse, or close friend. Such stress management discussions should not be complaint fests, but brain-storming sessions. They should aim at finding cheerful, productive ways of handling unusual demands.
2. Scheduling – good introverts’ stress management techniques should include ways to break down heavy workloads into bite-size pieces. Each bite-size piece should be scheduled, and assigned a priority in the workday. Introverts can challenge themselves positively to complete work on or before schedule.
3. R and R – another stress management technique for introverts is the rewarding of self with some rest and relaxation. The introvert who can look beyond the stressors at hand and plan a refreshing bit of relaxation will be energized to respond to stressors positively rather than negatively.
The main consideration in formulating introverts’ stress management techniques is that stress is not inescapable. Stressors may be inescapable, but stress is nothing more than your response to those stressors. Everyone, including the introvert, excels at stress management when responses to stress become controlled and positive.