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Stress Management Strategies
To Prevent Anger, Anxiety And Depression

Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.

These stress management strategies are specifically designed to help you prevent anger management problems, anxiety symptoms, and early depression warning signs. Outside pressures can cause stress, and emotional reactions can make it much worse. 

Learning to manage your emotions is the key to stress management. Most emotional problems result from issues with anger, fear (anxiety) and sorrow.

You're going to learn all you need to know here about healing and dealing with these three areas of stress in your life.

Did you know that stress is behind 80-90% of all medical problems? It's true, according to Dr. Paul Rosch, head of the American Institute of Stress.

So, keep reading to learn how to be healthier and happier with these stress management strategies. 

Stress Management Strategies To Turn Grief Into Growth

All emotions are healthy, but you have to know how to deal with them. Unexpressed pain and sorrow can be a huge source of stress, so one of the best stress management strategies is to learn the 7 stages of grief and how to grieve in healthy ways. Here is a process to follow:

  • Get good at grieving. The longer you live, the more loss you will experience. That is a fact of life, and if you know how to grieve in healthy ways, you don't have to move into your advanced years afraid and stressed out.
  • I recommend you write your personal story, with an emphasis on the things that have hurt the most, and given you the most joy. This will give you a kind of pain inventory that will help you to know where you are stuck and might need to let go.
  • As part of your emotional healing process, you will need to learn to nurture your inner child. This will give you a highly valuable set of skills that will serve you well for the rest and best of your life.

Transform Fear Into Vigilance & Awareness

Fear, like all of the other emotions, has a purpose and a function. Most folks think it's a sign of weakness, when in fact it has survival value. Let's take a look at what you can do to get your fear to work for you instead of against you.

  • Now let's find the story or stories behind your fear. Ask yourself, "When is the first time I felt this way?" "What is the pain and hurt behind this fear?" Then write the story of those memories in full detail. This has been shown scientifically by Dr. James Pennebaker of U.T. Austin to be healing and beneficial.
  • To do some deep emotional healing, practice the imagery techniques described on this page. These stress management tools get to the deep underlying cause of your fear and stress and resolve those issues once and for all!

Transform Anger Into Effective Action

Anger is the big bug-a-boo of the emotions--most people just think it's bad! However, all good stress management strategies have to include some good anger management tools. Let's look at some now:

  • Start out by learning and practicing anger management techniques on a regular basis, even if you don't think you have any anger. Just select "Techniques" in the left column of this page, read over them, and you'll see what I mean. They will help you deal with stress, no matter what your circumstances.
  • Then, go on to these positive journaling processes, which will get you more into the positive emotions that are the best stress management strategy of all!

So, there you go. That should give you all you need to know and do to get started dealing with the stress in your life. Remember to believe in your good heart and never, ever give up on you!

Learn even more stress management strategies here.

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