Guest Post – Stress Management In 7 Days

One week of introspection can provide you with the stress relief you've been looking for.

Stress is the response of the human body to overstrain and create negative emotions. During stress, the human body produces the hormone adrenaline, which makes you engage in feelings of fight, flight or freeze. Everyone needs small amounts of stress because it makes you think about solutions to problems and life without any stress would likely be boring. But on the other hand, if stress becomes too much to handle, the body weakens, loses strength and the mind loses its ability to solve problems.

It should be noted that severe stress affects health. Stress reduces immunity and is the cause of many diseases (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, etc.). Therefore, you must be able to resist the stressful state and instead focus on a positive attitude.

Below is a program, which is based on the idea that stress can be controlled by knowing which personality traits provoke stress instability.

The program consists of 7 lessons. Some of them are diagnostic – . their goal is to identify personality traits that make a person unstable to stress. Part of these lessons discuss individual features of the human psyche, which either interfere with productive behavior in a stressful situation or help.

The first lesson is to define what stress is. Try an activity where you draw stress as you see it. Take a close look and analyze what emotions you experience. Where are they reflected in the body?

Pick up a story, a parable, a fairy tale with a described stress situation, stage it, share your emotions and then analyze what you have found.

The second lesson is to see what type of character you have. Write down at least 2 critical situations that caused you stress: exams, unexpected messages, or a difficult conversation would be common examples. It could also be an event, after or before which, you felt the tension, a change in behavior, appetite and/or sleep. Give that stress a character (if that’s easier). Specify emotions you felt, as well as their change throughout the situation.

The third lesson is for seeking potential and introspection. Write down at least 10 of your personal qualities in a column (the more, the better – it’s easier to continue working).

Divide them into three groups: like – dislike – neutral (+ \ – \ 0). Rewrite them in three columns, leaving a little space for the drawing of a symbol. Assign a symbol drawing to each quality – it need not be elaborate.

The fourth lesson is irritation. Create your own personal associative series with the word irritation. Choose those words and/or images that are associated with stressful situations. List as many as you can, and note down a description for why each irritates you.

The fifth lesson is about habits and stress. Analyze habitual and unproductive reactions to stress – list them out in one column, and in another column to the right list a productive and positive response.

The sixth lesson is about envy. Write down associative words, combinations of words, expressions to the concept of “envy.” Evaluate these positions in terms of: like / dislike / neutral (+ / – / 0). Choose a drawing or symbol for each concept. Return to the record of associations to the word “envy.” Pay attention to those marked with a minus sign. Relate them mentally to your stressful situations, noting agreement/disagreement (there was/was not). Note how often.

The seventh and final lesson is about capabilities. Write your capabilities (at least 10) in a column. Evaluate the productivity of your capabilities and application in life (2 columns, rating each capability/application as 1-5 with one being lowest and 5 being highest). Total the two columns for each capability/application and prioritize the highest rankings from the combined scores. Assign a picture symbol to each capability if desired. 

After completing these 7 lessons, you should find yourself less stressed and having much more insights that you can learn from.

About the author

Melisa Marzett is a freelance writer and a traveler who is writing currently for and enjoys her lifestyle very much. Due to it, she can gain experience and share what she knows with others through her writings.


Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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