Tips for Handling Stress

No one knows what a DCP&P employee goes through better than another DCP&P employee. If you’re feeling out of control, anxious and unable to function, you may be suffering from stress that can build up and lead to major physical and emotional problems.

THE SIX R's FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT

RESPONSIBILITY

  • You are in control
  • Establish priorities
  • Keep it simple

REFLECTION

  • Know your stress triggers
  • Be aware of stress symptoms
  • Check your balance in life

RELAXATION

  • Do something good for yourself
  • Schedule "worry time"
  • Schedule time out

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Maintain supportive relationships
  • Manage your relationships
  • Improve your relationships with yourself

REFUELING

  • Eat a balanced diet with high fiber, low cholesterol
  • Be aware of poisons: caffeine, fats, nicotine, fast food
  • Drink lots of water

RECREATION

  • Laugh and love
  • Learn how to have fun with your family
  • Enjoy your life and treat others the way you want to be treated

Don’t let your stress level get out of control. Check yourself for these symptoms of too much stress:

  • Skipping meals or eating on the run due to lack of time
  • Often feeling rundown and/or too tired to exercise
  • Frequent illness, including headaches and stomachaches
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Difficulty saying “No”
  • Eating, drinking or smoking when you’re nervous
  • Chronic irritability or anxiety
  • Feeling out of control of your life
  • Loss of body function as a result of a critical incident or trauma