Stress management 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.
We all respond to stress differently so, there’s no “one size fits all” solution to managing stress. But if you feel like the stress in your life is out of control, it’s time to take action.
- Identify the sources of stress in your life
- Identify any unhealthy ways you use to cope with stress
Unfortunately, many people cope with stress in ways that compound the problem.
- Drugs or alcohol to relax
- Drinking too much
- Sleeping too much
- Binging on junk food (comfort eating)
- Zoning out and playing on your phone
- Using “Busyness” to avoid facing problems
- Taking your stress out on others
- Put on some music and dance around
- Take your dog for a walk
- Walk or cycle to the grocery store
- Use the stairs at home or work rather than a lift
- Park your car in the farthest spot in the lot and walk the rest of the way
- Arrange to meet with a friend and exercise together
- Building healthy relationships
- Accepting what you can’t change.
- Learn how to say “no”
Know your limits and stick to them.
- Avoid people who stress you out
- Take control of your environment
- Express your feelings instead of bottling them up
- Be willing to compromise
- Manage your time better
- Be more assertive
Don’t take a backseat in your own life.
- Reframe problems
Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective.
- Look at the big picture
Is it really worth getting upset over?
- Adjust your standards
Perfectionism is a major source of avoidable stress.
- Don’t try to control the uncontrollable
Many things in life are beyond our control—particularly the behavior of other people.
- Look for the upside
When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth.
- Learn to forgive
- Practice gratitude
- Set aside relaxation time
Don’t be so involved in working for a living that you forget to have a life!
- Do something you enjoy every day
- Keep your sense of humour
- Eat a healthy diet
- Reduce caffeine and sugar
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs
- Get enough sleep
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