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May 31, 2016

Developing a Personal Stress Relief List

Everyone encounters stress. I think that goes without saying, but I am surprised at how many individuals don’t prepare for life stressors they encounter repeatedly. For anyone, I think it is critical to know which situations are most stressful AND what methods of release best help in relieving the stress. Think about it. If you are easily stressed by crowded rooms, there is only so much you can do to avoid crowded spaces without cutting off total contact with society. Consequently, it is imperative for those (like me) who despise crowded gatherings to have techniques in place to help alleviate stress in such circumstances. For me, periodic walks outdoors and positioning myself with my back to a wall (cutting down interactions) help makes such settings and the related stress manageable. Now, I have worked to improve my comfort level in crowded rooms, but having such plans in place helps for those situations where my stress becomes overwhelming. For all of us, and our clients, I feel it is good practice to take inventory of our stressors and to prepare in advance actions that can help us alleviate the stress. Such preparation could be critical during times when we encounter a stressor without any warning.
Neil O’Donnell is a Senior EOP Counselor at Buffalo State College where he provides personal, academic and career counseling for students during and after their undergraduate journey. Neil also devotes time to educating communities about Obsessive-compulsive Disorder through discussion of his own battle with OCD. Additionally, Neil is an author of books including The Career-Minded Student and Bellwood, OCD and Me. You can find more of his career and stress management advisement at 

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