Managing the Stress of Your Everyday Life

This year was a big one for so many of you. New jobs, career transitions, big moves and new connections.

With any type of change, you’ve most likely experienced short or long-term stress. Career transitions, job changes, networking events and salary cuts or increases affects personal expectations, finances, and personal and/or professional relationships.

In order to succeed in the upcoming year and achieve your goals, I’d like to encourage you to assess your health, stress levels and your coping mechanisms in order to better understand your needs and build resiliency to stress.

The American Psychological Association defines resilience as: “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors." Take some time to assess your stress management style. This is something you can do with a friend, your partner, solo or with your health practitioner.

Use these prompts to recap your year.

+ How do you perceive stress?

+ What are your current stressors? (Life situations (family problems, job issues), Environmental (housing, natural disasters), Biological (injury, illness), Cognitive - thinking (low self-esteem, personal appearance), Personal Behaviour (smoking, relationship issues))

+ How do you currently cope with stressors in your life?

+ Reflect on your current nutrition regimen. What is serving you? Where would you like more support? What needs improvement?

To further assess your stress levels, I would highly recommend completing the Perceived Stress Scale. “The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one's life are appraised as stressful. Items were designed to tap how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded respondents find their lives.” (Mind Garden)

xx Justyna Julia, CHN