Stress Management AssignmentByLucio A GonzalezStress, we all struggle with it. We know it can shorten our lives, age us too early, make us miserable and unhealthy- yet we cannot seem to get away from it. I would like to begin my paper with a little description of myself. I have been trying to live healthy by eating the right food and doing regular exercise, I had no idea how much damage stress had been causing me both physically and mentally. Stress was something that I believed was a normal part of life. Although I did not intentionally choose to be stressed, I was unaware that I had a choice in how I could react to situations. However, by my thirties, I was not only able to become conscious of this process, but also how to change my lifestyle.Taking this class, I am constantly reminded that I have some really unusual ways to deal with stress. The stress management techniques that I used for my assignment was misdirection and repetition. I start by not thinking too much about what needs to be done or I will obsess over it. It’s like trying to remember something that’s on the tip of your tongue and the more you try to remember it, the harder it is to think of it. So I fill my mind with things completely unrelated to the current situation. Even as I type this, I’m playing a game on my phone, watching TV and doing laundry. The first week of school I had a difficult time integrating my new schedule into my lifestyle. I was studying at different times and different days depending on how busy I was. By doing that, I realized the best time of the day for me to study was constantly changing. I found myself more energetic, happier, and less stressed if I did schoolwork throughout the day. My deadlines were at the end of the week and I could take my time – whenever that time hit me. This works for me because before, I would experience physical stress symptoms all the time, I worry too much about the future, I get stuck on negative thoughts, and I have an intense dislike for ignorance. By the end of the second week, I made more changes in my behavior. I began to schedule more of what I needed to do. The more I did it, the more I liked it. I’m not sure if it actually made me more organized but I was less stressed because I had a purpose. I know I’m supposed to give a more detailed account of my (stressful) life but this class is starting to feel more like we’re auditioning for a psychologist game show. What I have learned from this incident is that managing stress is all about taking charge of my thoughts, my emotions, my desires, my surroundings, and the way I deal with problems.