Stress Management Series Part 4: 3 Top Tips for Creating a Personal Stress Management Plan

What You Need to Know to Create Your Personal Stress Management Plan


Why create a personalised stress management plan for yourself?

Well here's why.

From a career perspective, you want to be able to function at your best so you can make the best impact.

Some stress is good as it helps push you out of your comfort zone to discover what else you're capable of. But too much stress can derail you.

Finding the right balance between your need for variety and challenge and for certainty and security is highly personal.

We all need some variety and challenge in order to keep learning and growing. Too little results in boredom and lack of fulfillment. Too much leads to stress and anxiety.

You need to understand your own needs in this area and how to better-manage your environment and responses so you can thrive.

The rapidly changing world of work is increasingly adding pressures and stresses to our daily lives, so let's focus on this area.

Devising strategies now to manage your stress can help you improve your performance and wellbeing and your future-readiness. But first, you need to understand what's going on for you.

We’re all different and have different stress triggers, thresholds and responses.

Effective stress management requires a personalised approach. You can use these handy tips to help you to formulate your own stress management plan.

1. Recognise your own personal signs of stress

Do you know your signs of stress and your stress responses?

If not, take time to identify and document them. They can be quite different for different people, so it’s important to know yours.

Why not create a journal and start documenting them so that you can be more conscious of them. Finish these statements to help you get started:

  • I know I’m stressed when...

  • When I’m under stress I’m most likely to respond by...

2. Know your stress triggers

Different events and situations affect people differently. What’s stressful and energy-draining for one person can be exciting and energising for another.

Take time to step back from your daily busyness and routine to identify what’s causing you stress and why.

Identify the problem. What is causing you stress right now? What are your personal stress triggers?

Take some time to monitor the things that set you off and get to know your everyday stress triggers.

Knowing these things shines a light on the problem. You can then put your problem-solving hat on and get back in control by taking action to manage the situation. So you no longer feel overwhelmed and powerless to do something about it.

3. Get some perspective on your stress situation.

Part 1 of this series of articles covered how stress can disempower you - through feelings of overwhelm, inability to think straight and a feeling of helplessness to do something about it.

Research

Stress is a real problem in today's fast-paced world. The RMIT Activator Resilience and Wellbeing Report, October 2017, found that:

Practitioners of therapeutic services are reporting that more and more people are presenting with debilitating feelings of despondency. ......many of us now struggle with a perceived inability to have any control over the events unravelling around us...... And these feelings permeate everything we do.

While some signs of stress are easily recognised, others are less obvious and not necessarily associated with stress. And it's easy to overlook them when you're feeling vulnerable and at your breaking point.

Overcome the sense of despondency

The main thing to remember when stress has a grip on you is that you’re feeling like this because stress is derailing you. But there are always things you can do to improve either the situation, or your response.

Get back some sense of control of the situation

Do this by:

  • Recognising when stress is behind the signs and symptoms
  • Know your triggers so you can do something about them
  • Take time to objectively assess the situation
  • Identify the problem and what you can change
  • List possible solutions
  • List the Pros & Cons of each
  • Select the best solution
  • Apply, evaluate and adjust your approach to get more in control

You do have the power to do something about it. You don't have to end up feeling like a victim to stress.

This does take some time and effort, and you might need relief sooner.

Get help

This is where I can help. It's actually fairly easy to predict and identify your stressors and best ways to manage them by applying type theory, using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Each of the sixteen personality types have distinct stress profiles. As do top professions. So it's possible to predict stress indicators and responses by your personality type and profession. And also to identify the most effective ways of managing stress for you.

Contact me to find out how you can fast-track your own Personal Stress Management Plan.

Get a bigger picture perspective on your career success

We often feel pressured to achieve a conventional version of career success. Career success has many components. True career success goes beyond the extrinsic rewards of role, title and salary we've been conditioned to unquestioningly strive for.

While it's OK to be ambitious, don't neglect the intrinsic values and rewards that make your work fulfilling and enjoyable. Don't neglect your needs and wellbeing, because that's a high price to pay.

Stress is just one component affecting your career health and success. There are many other ways your work or environment can impact your outlook, engagement, happiness and confidence. As well as your performance, energy and drive. Both positively and negatively.

Your stressors could be subtle and harder to pinpoint.

Feeling stressed and unsettled could be due to lacking clarity and direction. Or feeling stuck and finding it hard to make a career decision.

Knowing there's more to you and not operating at your peak can lead to doubting your capabilities for something more. And leave you unfulfilled and wondering whether there's more to life.

It may not be so obvious what you need to tackle first to get that traction. To get clear and unstuck. Or how to reignite your inner fire so you can elevate your career and your wellbeing.

It's hard to read the label from inside the jar! It's not easy to have an objective, bigger picture perspective when you're so close to the situation.

That's why I created The Career Health Diagnostic Model. To help you consider the impact of stress and the other elements affecting your career more objectively. So you can better-evaluate your career health and career success status. To get you clearer on what is and isn't working so you can do something about it.

Take my Free Career Health Diagnostic to find out how you score on the 5 key areas of your career health. And to find where you are on the path to thriving in your work. So you can identify what to focus on, to get back in control and take action to create better career success strategies. And a happier you!

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