Strategies for Managing Stress

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Strategies for Managing Stress

Every day people describe their lives as intense and stressful. There are many causes of stress such as job related, family, and financial. However, there exist multiple types of stress. Nonetheless, stress levels can vary from one individual to the next and remains to be a challenge definitively. According to Colella, Hitt, and Miller (2006) "stress can be defined as a feeling of tension that occurs when a person assesses that a given situation is about to exceed his or her ability to cope and consequently will endanger his or her well-being." Stress is more common today than it ever has been before in our society (Wallace, 2007). Stress is more common to discuss and people are complaining more and more often about stress. As a result, many people are looking for help and strategies for managing stress. The idea that stress is related to an individual's perception is an important one and forms the basis for many stress management techniques (Wallace, 2007). The goal is to compile a list of strategies for managing stress. Since individuals experience a variety of sources of stress, they should have multiple strategies for dealing with stress management. Having different strategies allows a person to be versatile in matching the response to the type of stress they are experiencing.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health more than half of employed Americans believe that job stress is a major problem in their lives (Koesten, 2005). The American Stress Institute reported that stress is America's number one health problem, costing the economy more than 300 billion a year in absenteeism, turnover, lost productivity, and insurance claims (Koesten, 2005). Better communication with associates at work can help manage stress more effectively. For example, the ‘ask don't tell' rule describes "when you are tempted to tell people what action they should take, stop and ask for their ideas about...
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