InsideChats Educational Talks: Stress Management

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” –Bertrand Russell

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When will experience stress by feeling tense, overwhelmed, worn out, or exhausted. A small amount of stress can be motivating, but too much stress makes even small tasks seem daunting and can diminish our motivation. There are two types of stress, chronic and acute. Chronic stress is long-lasting, the symptoms may not be as intense in the moment; however, the long-term effects are more severe. Some symptoms of acute stress are sweating, irritability, and headaches. Chronic stress is a result of long-term stressors such as a difficult job, an unhealthy relationship with frequent arguing, and/or financial difficulties. Acute stress is brief but intense and some short-term stressors are giving a speech, getting into an argument, or studying for an exam. The symptoms of chronic stress are not always visible instead it may manifest as long-term health issues and the individual views the chronic stress as their new normal.

Symptoms of Acute Stress

Symptoms of Chronic Stress

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Stress Management Tips

  • Keep in mind stress isn’t a bad thing
  • Talk about your problems even though it may not solve them
    • It will release hormones in your body that will help reduce negative feelings associated with stress
  • Prioritize your responsibilities
    • Quickly knock out small tasks in order to focus on the bigger ones
  • Focus on the basics
    • Eating well
    • Keeping a healthy sleep schedule
    • Exercising
    • Practicing self-care
  • Don’t put your eggs all in one basket
    • Learn to balance your energy and share your time wisely between family, friends, career, and personal hobbies
  • Set aside time for yourself
  • Keep things in perspective
    • Take a step back and think about how important your stressors are in a broader context


Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation, are a fundamental part of stress management. These techniques trigger the relaxation response, which counters the body’s stress response.

Time Management

  • Use a to-do list or appointment book
  • Prioritize your tasks
  • Break large tasks into smaller pieces
  • Limit distractions
    • If you can’t limit your distractions, get away from them
  • Give yourself time between tasks
    • Scheduling some buffer time will help to reduce your stress when things inevitably run long
  • Let yourself be less than perfect
    • Focus on completing everything to an acceptable level, and then go back to improve upon your work if you have time


  • Self-care means taking time to do things you enjoy
  • Self-care also means taking care of yourself
  • Make self-care a priority
  • Set specific self-care goals
  • Make self-care a habit
  • Set boundaries to protect your self-care
  • A few minutes of self-care is better than no self-care
  • Unhealthy activities don’t count as self-care
  • Keep up with self-care, even when you’re feeling good
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We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”

– John Newton

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