Figure 2 below describes two differences responses to the same stimulus: one negative (The Victim), the other positive (The Creator). The former response may increase stress while the latter response may reduce stress. Because the Creator chooses a problem-solving, action based solution, he/she feels more in control and, therefore, less stressed.
Figure 2: Adopting the Creator Role of Stress Reduction
Figure 3 demonstrates how someone who takes on a Creator role reduces stress. Firstly, he/she asks whether this problem can be solved or not. If yes, the Creator gets on with the business of working through the problem. Engaging the mind in solving the problem overshadows the worries and fear which, in turn, helps the mind relax. However, even during problem-solving there might be some residual stress that needs attention and this is where having good stress management strategies can help. If you have little or no control over the stress-provoking situation, a Creator accepts the way things are at present while continuing to use stress management techniques and positive thinking.
Figure 3: Can I do something about the stress-provoking situation?
What do I need to do to change this situation?
How can I learn to accept that some things cannot be changed now or maybe ever?
What techniques and strategies can I use to reduce and cope with stress?
What positive attitudes and behaviours do I need to prepare for future events?
For the greatest de-stressing effect, relax both your body and your mind!