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Methods Of Stress Management - Dr Karl Albrecht


At the turn of every day, it is common to hear talk about stress management. In the world where pressure on individuals at various level is a common phenomenon, it is little wonder that people are taking concerted efforts to deal with the stress.

Stress is a phenomenon experienced by the psychological and physiological parts of humans induced by external and or internal pressure, creating the feeling of losing control. There is a great deal of stress running around, hence the need for ways of managing stress.

People have their routines and notions of dealing with stress. However, Dr Karl Albrecht provides an expert view of the best ways of dealing with stress in his stress management guide. Dr Albrecht is an accomplished writer with over 20 book and numerous articles to his name. His niches include Business Strategy and professional achievement.

With regards to stress management, he divides stress into various types that are easy to understand and somewhat straight forward.

Types Of Stress

There are four ‘types’ of stresses that Dr Albrecht has narrowed down. These include time stress, anticipatory stress, situational stress and finally the encounter stress.

Every type of stress listed above is unique in itself and has unique measures of dealing with it.

Time Stress

This is the type of stress that is associated with time-related pressure. It is the kind of stress generated by having a high amount of pressure to meet deadlines, be on schedule and be punctual at all times. This is the pressure that emanates from rushing to finish any task that one is charged to handle and the pressure of failing to handle the given task.

  • Biting What You Can Chew – This is to mean one should never take on tasks that they cannot handle or finish in time. Taking tasks that are beyond their capabilities to handle will lead to time stress
  • Prioritising – One should always prioritise the tasks at hand in the order of their importance and due date or due time. This reduces the possibility of not finishing a given task in the required time
  • Being Proactive – Finally, it is important to take concerted efforts to finish a given set of tasks within the time limit, by being proactive

Anticipatory Stress

This is the pressure that comes with concerns about the future and future events, for instance, business meetings, social interactions, and many more endeavours.

  • Planning – Although plans may not be fool proof, they reduce the risk of failure, thus reducing anticipatory stress. It is thus encouraged to plan and reduce this type of stress
  • Practising – If the activity that is stressing you is something you can practise such as a presentation, ample practise helps to reduce the amount of pressure that one feels

Angry young woman, blowing steam coming out of ears

Situational Stress

Situational stress is the type of stress that emanates from being in ‘unfamiliar’ situations, such as accidents, starting a new job and many other such situations.

  • Being Open Minded – Being opened minded reduces this kind of pressure as one’s mind can accept situation more readily
  • Being Calm At All Times – It is important to stay calm and collected during situational stresses to understand the how best to overcome the situation

Encounter Stresses

This kind of stress revolves around the pressure of interacting with individual or people. It can be termed as the worry of making the right kind of impression.

  • Understanding Body Language – By understanding how people react while interacting with them helps to increase the overall understanding, thereby reducing this kind of stress
  • Setting Aside Some ‘Me Time’ – Having some time alone can reduce the amount of pressure that you go through every day and rejuvenate your body and mind.

These are some of the recommendations of Dr Karl Albrecht that you should consider if you are going through stress.

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