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Identifying Your Stressors: Be Specific

Would you be surprised to discover that stress has been named as an underlying factor in up to 90% of illnesses?  Would you be surprised to find that most of the people around you feel stressed much of the time?

One of the best ways to manage stress in your life is to first become aware of exactly what it is that causes you stress, because if you can name the stressor, then you can take the necessary steps to minimize or eliminate it.

One technique for dealing with stress is called, “Name It, Tame It”.  

When identifying what stresses you, be as specific as possible. In other words, instead of writing down the word, “work”, and write down what it was about work that causes you stress:

  • Miscommunication with coworkers
  • Feeling unequipped to tackle a new project
  • Balancing work and the needs of your family

 

When we specifically name what stresses us we can see that there are other aspects of the broad category that we enjoy, like seeing our favorite co-worker or making a valuable contribution.

When you are specific in naming your stress, you have taken an important first step to taming the stress.  Being specific helps you make clearer decisions about what you can do to reduce your stress.

 

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