The HUMAN logo is our illustration of, “as good as it gets”.

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The stairway of stress is still there, but the person on it is happily resting on it feeling comfortable.

You can now practice interrupting the first lower signals of stress.  You know the details of your social and emotional history and you can buy time to experiment with creating the reaction you want to practice.

The question of Now or not Now leads to the decision of WHEN you will interact with the cause of stress. And then there is the final step of WHAT would be Good Enough?

GOOD ENOUGH means whatever works to lower stress IN CONTEXT… not sometime in the future. That is the recipe for chronic stress especially at those mid levels because unless you interact or change part of your own reaction it will continue to happen. The stress loop is a terrible place to live!

The KEY to establishing your style of stress management is making it fit into daily life = Be Practical. Do what you can; At Home each morning, in your work environment, with other humans who you encounter, before you go to bed each night, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.   You can create less stress every 4 – 5 hours of your day.

The changes in daily routine of self-care are one of the simplest ways to change long-term stress behaviors.    All routines need to be based on what is simple and pleasant.  DO NOT create more stress by pushing yourself in any of these areas!

CHECK IN EXAMPLE:  Use the experiences of the today as an example of your routines.

With each check in use a category from your social roles worksheet.

At work I feel ___________________________________________  I need to __________________________, I want _________________________________, I think I could try__________________________________________.  It would be GOOD ENOUGH to _____________________________________________________________________.

At home I feel ___________________________________________  I need to __________________________, I want _________________________________, I think I could try__________________________________________.  It would be GOOD ENOUGH to _____________________________________________________________________.

Before bed I feel ___________________________________________  I need to __________________________, I want _________________________________, I think I could try__________________________________________.  It would be GOOD ENOUGH to _____________________________________________________________________.

Find what you can do and then repeat!  Go for the easy resolution or change.