How to Become Stress Management Certified: Stress Lives in Chaos
Stress does exist in chaos. It thrives in it and feeds off the chaos of everyday life. Where chaos is rampant, stress has the ability to inflict itself upon individuals. This is not to say organized people have no stress in their life, but it does show that on average, most organized people are in control. When one is in control, stress has less of a chance of inflicting itself upon an individual.
One example is of a person who has his life together emotionally, spiritually and physically. Unchecked emotions are a huge stressor. A person who exists in emotional turmoil is far more inclined to experience emotional breakdowns and outbursts over unexpected stressors. The constant state of emotional chaos leaves the person in a state vulnerable to this. Some individuals are victims to emotional upheaval and are going through a natural phase of adaptation but others remain in this constant state and do not have the coping strategies or skills necessary to escape and adapt.
Of course spirituality and meditation can play a key role in helping people cope. Whether dealing with an emotional issue or merely stuck in emotional chaos, a person who has the organization and time to pray, meditate or find some type of spiritual leisure has a better chance of rebounding and refocusing. Again the key word here is refocusing. Refocus is organization of mind and stress hates organization. Also, meditation and spirituality can have a calming effect on the body. It can reduce tension and allow the body and mind time to heal.
Physical health is also key. A person with a routine of physical exercise is taking control of their physical wellbeing and finding some type of organizational plan to exercise. The organization, the physical benefits and retreat from life can play large dividends in reducing the chaos of daily life and stress.
Another example is a person who is professionally organized. Stress, again, loves chaos and disorganization. If someone has a bad day and comes home to a messy house, their reaction is different than a person who enters a clean and organized home. There is some sense of accomplishment, security and comfort in a home that is clean. The term cleanliness is next to godliness cannot be under emphasized here. Another example of professional organization is the work station. A messy desk can produce a stressor of irritation, but an ordered work desk can allow the day at work to go smoothly and efficiently.
So How Can Organization Be Implemented?
Organization comes with a plan; A daily, weekly and monthly routine. While one does not want to turn this into an obsessive compulsive ritual, a basic routine that is carried out to one’s best ability can help reduce stress by creating an environment conducive to order and discipline. If one is already existing in an ordered atmosphere, a stressor has less ability to multiply and create a domino effect of chaos.
A daily example would include a checklist of spiritual, physical and professional needs. As one accomplishes the goals of the day, one will naturally feel satisfied and also be occupied with what needs done. If something should stressor should erupt that day, it is easier to contain it, instead of taking it home with oneself.
Weekly checklists are also important. They allow one to spread out duties throughout the week. If one day becomes too stressful, then you have six other days to accomplish the goal. This type of planning ahead takes pressure off the individual day.
Monthly checklists also apply the same principle. While some things need weekly diligence others require monthly. If one can plan and adjust these duties within a monthly window, then the stress of something not being accomplished maybe on week one, is not as devastating. It is key to make reasonable duties with a fair timetable when making check lists that correspond with a day, week or month.
I would also encourage having a yearly set of goals. If something needs done for the home or there is a company goal, then set it for a particular year. The monthly goals should eventually put one in the position to accomplish the yearly goal.
Order also includes placement. Certain stressors need to be organized to the particular duty. Work stressors should stay at work. Home stressors should stay at home. While this is difficult, if one creates boundaries in every facet of their life, then stressors will have less ability to hitchhike from one area to another. Of course, when major stressors strike this is near impossible—such as the death of a family member, but we are referring to everyday stressors.
Ultimately, stress management and time organization is a personal choice. Certified stress management consultants will encourage order and placement of stressors, but it is up to the individual to implement the stress management keys.
If you are interested in learning more about stress management or wish to learn how to become a stress management certified and help others, then please review AIHCP’s program in Stress Management Consulting.
The program consists of core online courses for qualified professionals. Each course includes a text and open book exam with mentor help as needed. After completion of the courses, one can apply for certification in Stress Management. The certification lasts three years and can be renewed.
Those wishing to recertify in stress management consulting can do so after providing five hundred hours of clinical work and fifty hours of academic education.
We encourage those wishing to learn how to become a stress management consultant to review our program. Qualified professionals include anyone in the health and counseling fields as well as those in physical and meditative fields.
In the meantime, thank you for your interest in the program and if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask.
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