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The 4 R’s to Managing Stress

Ready to learn the 4 R’s to managing stress? Keep on reading to learn more. 

Reject

The first step to successfully managing stress is to eliminate as many stressors as possible. 

Not sure where to begin? Here’s what to do!

Sit down and write out a list of 5 – 10 things that are currently stressing you out.

Once you have your list ready, start brainstorming and see if there is anything you can do to make those situations a little less stressful.

Here’s an example. Let’s say your dishwasher broke, and you’ve been stressing out over all the extra housework. 

You have two choices. You can either do all the dishes yourself, or you can ask for some help. Never be afraid to ask for help when you need it. 

Reframe

Unfortunately, we can’t reject everything that causes us stress.

But we can reframe the events. It all comes down to mindset shifts.

Let’s say driving in heavy traffic really stresses you out. 

Of course, we can try our best to avoid rush hour, but sometimes life doesn’t work that way. 

The next time you are stuck in traffic, instead of feeling stressed, you can take the opportunity to sing along to your favorite radio station or catch up on some podcasts.

Relieve

Next, it’s time to relieve stress.

Sometimes rejecting and refreshing stressful situations isn’t enough. And that’s okay.

There are several healthy activities that can help you relieve stress.

You can go on a walk, take a hot shower, meditate or watch some TV. 

Refresh

Even though we can’t travel right now, there are plenty of ways you can feel refreshed right at home. 

You know yourself better than anyone. Whatever activities tend to relax you, go ahead and do them!

Even going to sleep an hour earlier after a tough day can be very helpful. 

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