Step 5 – Dealing with future stress

Welcome to the Stress Management Blueprint!

This is a 5 step online course, on how to deal with stress in your life. The course is designed as a series of blog posts, regularly posted to our site. These blog posts will teach you all the steps necessary to actively start dealing with your stress, and live a less stressful life.

By explaining the core concepts of stress, the problems it may carry, and how to best address them, you will be guided through the different steps that you need to know, to effectively learn to reduce the stress you’re feeling in your life.

This is the last step in a series of blogposts designed to guide you through how you best deal with stress. For the other parts of the series, see:

Step 5. How to handle future stress

We have now come to the last part of the series, and we will conclude your journey here, and prepare you for your future of dealing with stress. To fill this purpose, this segment will focus on how to handle future stress, and then we’re going to leave you with some final advice for how to address future situations. What’s noteworthy, is that you’ve already come a long way, and you should give yourself a healthy pat on the back for taking all of the previous steps, and finally ending up here. Remember that you’re doing this for yourself, your own sake, and that this is the start of a healthier life.

 

There’s no telling what the future holds… But it doesn’t have to be stressful.

So how do I deal with future stress?

Naturally, you cannot be prepared for every single situation that could appear in the future. You never know for sure what is going to happen, and what may cause you stress further on. However, this isn’t something you need to know either. What you need, is to feel that you are mentally prepared enough to handle whatever challenge may lie ahead. And this feeling is partly accomplished by the fact that you now know that you have some very concrete stress management tools to use, if you were to be subjected to stress in the future. The aim of teaching you these tools is not only to help you manage current stress, but to issue you with a security, and self confidence for being able to deal with your own, future problems. This also underlines the point of stress management as a constant undertaking, you have to be working on it continuously in order to keep making improvements.

Don’t forget to use the techniques we’ve proposed in the series:

  • Keep a stress journal, it really is a great way to combat stress
  • Actively commit to changing your life for the better
  • Be self reflective, but not judgmental of your life and stress
  • Use the three coping mechanisms, problem focused, emotionally focused and social support
  • Use positive self talk, empower yourself
  • Change the way you think about stress, a brilliant step for dealing with future stressors too
  • Make sure to take time off for yourself, exercise, enjoy life and do what’s good for you

There are of course also some general things you can consider in your future stress undertakings, and how to reduce the risk of being subjected to stress. A good thing is to try to minimize your exposure to stress, through reducing the elements you know are stressful for you, to as high degree as possible. If you know driving makes you stressed, do you really need to drive?

Also, don’t worry about things that are outside of your control. If you can’t do anything about it, try not to let it occupy your mind either, that’s just time you’re not getting back. Try instead to deal with your emotions in this situation, and consider how you feel, and try to take active steps to feeling better instead. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, put in as much effort as you feel you can deal with.

If you view stress as the balance between demands and control, make sure you have control, and that the demands you, or anyone else, put on you – aren’t excessive. Then of course, constantly reminding yourself of what you think is important in life can really help too. Is it the end of the world if you miss out on something? Will your life end if you don’t have time to study enough for an exam? Is that friend you haven’t called in a while going to hate you if you wait another day? You have to put things into perspective, and this might be hard, as the things that are stressing you out in the moment might not actually be that important in the long run.

It might not be worth it, being stressed constantly every day at work, and having your health deteriorate due to this, just because you wanted to perform well and get a promotion. How are you going to enjoy that promotion if you burn yourself out in the process? Always keep one eye on what’s healthy for you, and try to give yourself a break once in a while. We’re all human, and we all need it.

Where do I go from here?

So where do you go from here? After having this base of knowledge, the idea is for you to be able to go wherever you want. You should now have the tools of dealing with stress, but keep in mind that it is a process, and not a race, learning how to actively cope with the tensions in your life. That is why it is important that you keep committing to yourself, staying true to the goal of creating a healthier outlook on life for yourself, and keep following the steps and routines that are good for you.

If you still want to learn more about stress however, and how it works, how to combat it and how to learn more about it in general, this could be some interesting reading for you:

 

Chronic stress- what it is and how to deal with it
Using physical exercise to stave off stress
Maintaining a good work/life-balance
Signs and symptoms of stress

 

It can also be good to come back to these tips once in a while, refresh your memory and perhaps reinitiate some of the techniques. Keeping a stress journal is the easiest way of making sure to actively commit, so if you haven’t started one already, that is a great first step to take.

You should now have the tools for basic stress management

Some concluding remarks

We would now like to congratulate you on your completion of the Stress Management Blueprint! You’ve taken active steps in order to reach a less stressful life, and throughout this series you’ve learned what stress is, how to identify your own stressors in the best way, what methods you can use to minimize these elements, and how to apply them to your own life. The ideas that science has proved useful, now easily made available to you.
We hope you have enjoyed this experience, and found it educational. If you have any ideas of improvement, or things you would like to learn more about, or see more of, we greatly encourage feedback. Help us make this experience even more useful for you, and how we can focus even more on reducing stress in your life. If you find this helpful for you, share it with your friends, and apart from being a good influence in your own life, be a good influence in someone elses too. You could even help each other out in your stress management undertaking.

 

Thank you for participating, and good luck in your stress management!