You may think that there is nothing you can do about stress. But there’s more you can do to manage stress than you think you can. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.
Managing stress is about being in full control of your thoughts, feelings and actions–or being in control of your life as a whole. The objective here is for you to have a nicely balanced life. A life that has time for everything important–career, family, friends, pleasure and relaxation. Plus, it also aims to equip you with the strength to hold up under pressure and meet problems head on.
Stress is a part of human existence–we are bound to experience stress everyday. Even though we cannot really avoid stress, being exposed to high levels of stress on a regular basis can damage your health. Hence, here are techniques you can use to manage stress of everyday life.
1. Have a look at how you generally handle stress. Are your coping strategies healthy or unhealthy, helpful or ineffective? Sadly, many people deal with stress in ways that compound the problem. Even though these unhealthy coping methods can assuage stress, they are bound to cause more harm than good in the long run. Among the most common unhealthy stress relievers are smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages, overeating or undereating and using of drugs. If you deal with stress using any of these methods, then it is time that you look for better ones. There are so many other healthy options when it comes to managing stress, but they will require change.
2. If you can avoid it, avoid stress. Be wise in dealing with things. If they are not that important, don’t waste your time and energy stressing out on them. However, always remember that not all stressors should be avoided.
3. Avoid being around people who cause you to feel stressed out. There are just some people in my life that are causing me stress. I do believe that you also have these individuals in your life. It would do you good if you avoid being around them. Instead, be in the company of positive people, who make you feel happier and lighter.
4. Do not compare yourself to others. Competing with others, whether in achievements, appearance, or possessions, is an avoidable source of stress. This kind of stress is self inflicted. You must always remember that someone will always be better than you; and that you are better than someone.
5. Accept the fact that you cannot change some things. Some stressors just cannot be avoided. There are some things that you cannot change or prevent–like the death of someone, a sickness or a global catastrophe. You are only left with one option, and that is to accept things as they are.
Seeing that every person is different, there is no “one size fits all” stress management solution. Do not rely so much on what other people say would work, try out various strategies to see which ones will work for you. Find the most effective methods for yourself.