It would be nice if stress called ahead to let you know it is coming. If it did, you could properly prepare – maybe set a place at dinner. Unfortunately, stress often springs up when we least expect it or from sources we did not anticipate, like when your car will not start.
Even if we do think an event, activity or person might be stressful, it can be difficult to estimate just how much stress our futures hold – which can cause more stress.
Chronic stress, whether you are suffering from a chronic condition or not, will have detrimental effects on your health. On the other hand, dealing with stress successfully is a learned habit that takes a while to develop. If you are someone who struggles with managing stress, please understand you are not alone.
When you feel overwhelmed, follow this guide:
1. Count down from 10 slowly.