Stress management strategies to help you rediscover your productivity

Posted on Monday, November 29, 2021

It’s ok to feel stressed and anxious, especially during difficult times! Learning to reduce and manage anxiety, instead of simply aiming to eliminate it, can help you find motivation and increase productivity.

Recognize the signs of anxiety

Anxiety is a response to a perceived threat of danger. It usually occurs when we believe the intensity of the threat is higher than what we could manage. When we experience anxiety, sympathetic anxiety is activated and will result in many physical changes such as a dried mouth, sweating and a faster heart rate.

Anxiety could also result in lower productivity, narrowing attention, and impaired concentration.

Why do we feel stressed?

Before we learn how to manage stress, it is also important to learn where the stress comes from. There are two main reasons that people feel stressed: we may perceive a situation is difficult or dangerous, or we feel we do not have the resources or capacity to face the situation.

What strategies could help to manage stress

Cognitive strategies

  • Getting rest or sleep
  • Managing your time
  • Confronting negative thoughts

Action oriented strategies

  • Self-care activities: hobbies, spending quality time with loved ones
  • Physical activity
  • Accessing counselling services, mentoring centers or the Wellness Lounge
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing

Emotion-oriented strategies

  • Opening up to someone you trust
  • Setting healthy boundaries by learning to say “no”
  • Laughing
  • Writing your thoughts in a journal
  • Connecting with a support group

These strategies are here to help you take initiative with your own feelings and emotion.  uOttawa’s Counseling Services offers a wide range of services that can compliment stress management strategies or assist you with better understanding the challenges that you are currently facing, to develop a plan, and work on the skills that could help you reach success. To book an appointment with a Counsellor, visit the Counselling and Therapy webpage.

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