Stress management techniques

Kristine Hodsdon offers stress management techniques to explore

April is National Stress Awareness month. This is the practical application from "Stress-Less: From the Inside Out" that appeared in the last issue of RDH eVillage.

The following are definitions of two types of stress.

  • Acute Stress — sudden; occasional; brief; you experience a sharp spike in your body’s reactions, but the experience of it does not stay with you for long or the stressor goes away quickly. Examples: a traffic jam or being late for an appointment.
  • Chronic Stress — ongoing; you may not notice it until you hit a physical, emotional, or psychological tipping point or threshold. Example: a stressful job or home environment.

The following are two general approaches to coping with stress.

  • Reactive — an in-the-moment or immediate change in response to whatever has triggered your stress. Reactive approaches involve changing your behavior or mindset after the initial stress has occurred.
  • Proactive — a pre-emptive or prescriptive attempt to avoid or minimize the potential for stress. Proactive approaches also involve changing your behavior or mindset, but before the occurrence of stress.

And here are some stress management techniques

Challenge yourself to try one you haven’t used before for a stressor you’re experiencing in your life now. See how it impacts your mental and physical experience of the stressful situation. If these are unfamiliar to you, look for information on the Internet or contact me directly at

Stress Managment Techniques

  • guided visualizations (audio recordings)
  • change the situation/circumstance
  • biofeedback
  • group support
  • get support from family and friends
  • peaceful/inspirational reading
  • relaxation response
  • time out (quiet environment)
  • hire a professional to help you
  • take up a relaxing hobby or sport
  • self-hypnosis
  • good nutrition (for strong nervous system)
  • regular exercise
  • breathing exercises
  • meditation practice
  • time management
  • simplify your life
  • comfortable, relaxing posture
  • massage/other body work
  • preparing more thoroughly

Kristine Hodsdon
Director, RDH eVillage
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