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The 4 A’s of stress management

Stress affects us both mentally and physically. Studies show that people who are prone to stress as well as anxiety and depression are more likely to suffer from frequent headaches. 

When your stress level exceeds your ability to cope, you need to restore balance by mitigating the causes of stress, increasing your ability to cope, or both.  

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The expression “don’t sweat the small stuff” comes from the title of a best-selling book by psychologist Richard Carlson. In the book, he urged readers to minimise stress by making changes to their everyday lives such as:

  • Doing one thing at a time
  • Living in the present
  • Letting others have the glory at timesxiii
  • Living each day as if it might be your last

Along with those helpful tips, you can also try using the 4 A’s of stress management:

  • Avoid situations that you know may be stressful. Don’t take on too much and learn to say no.
  • Alter stressful situations by communicating clearly about what is bothering you. Be prepared to make changes too.
  • Accept when you have to. Don’t waste energy on being angry but learn to forgive.
  • Adapt to your circumstances. Ask yourself: “Will this matter in a year?” If the answer is no, you may see the situation differently.

With these stress management tips, you can better keep stress in check and bring your life into balance.

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