Here continues a summary of my posts on how to recover as quickly as possible from stress and exhaustion.
In my daily work with people who have sought help for problems with stress and fatigue, I have been able to distinguish 3 building blocks in stress management:
1) Regulate your stress level, se techniques in earlier post
2) Handle stress sources
3) Use stress management habits
When it comes to the second building block, handle stress sources, there are several important areas:
-Self-image and values
-Thoughts & Pacing
I have in earlier posts described in several posts how self-image, values and stressful thoughts with disturbing contents can be handled in order to reduce the stress level and create the conditions for recovery.
Here I continue with how to deal with thoughts that are not in themselves disturbing but still upsetting because they are overwhelmingly many and / or contain plans and deadlines that must be made within a certain time.
Today I will continue with how to handle thoughts that contain planning of activities and that spin around like a dryer and demand energy.
The post of last week was about the importance of making lists, prioritizing and scheduling the activities.
As a part of prioritizing, it is important to consider if the activity really needs to be done, that is, who says it needs to be done and how urgent is it? What would happen if you postpone the activity?
Other activities might be possible to make shorter or simplify, for example as when using simpler recipes, semi-finished products, food that can be prepared or when cleaning, cleaning mirrors, windows etc. less often.
Another important dimension is to plan together with others so that your activities are also included in the planning and not only if there is time left. Do not let other people’s lack of planning stress you out.
More about how to handle stress and exhaustion next week.
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