Stress Management

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My response to stress
When I am all worked by stress, I am usually very restless and often lack sleep. I also experience mild headaches. Everything usually seems very boring and I get very dull. When stressed up, I am usually very irritable and gets annoyed I project a very bad temper. I therefore isolate myself and contact very few or no one at all. These are my general reactions to stress. I am most concerned about how easily I get annoyed and can lash out at very slight things. If this persists, I can end up hurting myself or other people. I therefore try to control my stress levels to avoid incidences that I might regret.
I have found some easy ways of dealing with my reactions. When I feel stress building up, first thing I do is to momentarily give myself a break from what is stressing me. For instance if it is an exam that is making me stressed up, I momentarily stop reading for the test, slide into my track suite, carry my mp3 player and earphones and go for a jog. This usually sets my mind to other issues in my life. As I progress with the jog, I keep playing in my head positive encouraging phrases. My all-time favorite is, ‘let me make it happen, like I always do!’ With this phrase continually running through my head, I usually begin feeling relaxed and mostly even find myself smiling. At that moment, I know that the paper is no longer affecting me. I then get back home, still playing the message, take a warm bath and pray. This helps me relax. When relaxed, it becomes increasingly easy to interact with people without getting irritated. After I am confident that I cannot be easily irritated, I call up my study buddies and organize a discussion session. During the discussion, I am usually able to study for the test while still having fun with my friends as we crack up jokes about life and even about the tests, or about our…...

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