Feeling stressed is pretty much inevitable. We all get stressed from time to time. Although different people feel stress in different ways. But the most important thing is to know how to deal with stress. Without smart habits for dealing with situations that could be stressful, life can be a whole lot more hectic than it needs to be. You may feel tired before the week has barely begun and you can’t even wait for Friday. Be overwhelmed on a daily basis. Get an upset stomach, headaches or migraines too often and even start to feel burned out.
The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control over stress than you might think. Dealing with stress is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.
Here are 3 ways to deal with stress:
1. Get More Sleep
I can’t begin to state how important sleep is. Lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Unfortunately though, stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts keep whirling through our heads, stopping us from relaxing enough to fall asleep. Try taking a warm bath (this is a life saver for me) or listen to some calming music for a few minutes to relax your body and help you forget about the things that worry you. You should also aim to go to bed at roughly the same time each day so that your mind and body get used to a predictable bedtime routine.
2. Learn to Say ‘No’
Learning to say “No” to additional or unimportant requests will help to reduce your level of stress, and may also help you develop more self-confidence. To learn to say “No”, you need to understand why you find it difficult. Many people find it hard to say “No” because they want to help and are trying to be nice and to be liked. For others, it is a fear of conflict, rejection or missed opportunities. You can’t keep saying yes to people every time at the expense of stressing out yourself.
3. Manage Your Time
Most times, we feel overburdened by our ‘To Do’ list and this is a common cause of stress. You need to accept that you can’t do everything at once and start to prioritise your tasks. Make a list of all the things that you need to do and list them in order of priority. Take note of the tasks you need to do personally and the ones that can be delegated to others. By editing what might have started out as an overwhelming task, you can break it down into a series of smaller, more manageable tasks spread out over a longer time frame, with some tasks removed from the list entirely through delegation, so that by doing this you don’t spread yourself too thin.
These 3 steps to deal with stress aren’t magic and you might have to do some steps more than once, but they do work. Stress has a lot to do with procrastination and time management. If you learn to manage your time you will be less stressed. And if you can stay positive as you make your way through a tough time, you’ll help yourself feel better even faster. Ah . . . it feels so good when the stress is gone! Now I’d love to hear from you.
And my question today is:
What events in your life cause the most stress and which strategies have you used to overcome that stress in the past?
Leave a comment below to share your experience.
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