It would be unimaginable for anyone today to say that they don’t undergo stress. In today’s day and age, stress is an unwelcome part of our lives. And while avoiding stress isn’t entirely possible, there are ways on how one can deal with it in a positive way.
NOT HAVING ENOUGH TIME
Are you always feeling like you have too much to do but there just isn’t enough time? If you find yourself constantly running around trying to complete tasks at work or home (or both), you need to set yourself realistic goals, work on your time management and try to stay as organised as possible.
MANAGING TIME MORE EFFECTIVELY
Prioritising tasks will make your life easier because you will have an idea which task to pursue first and what can be put off till later. This way you will not waste time on unimportant tasks.
LEADING AN UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Take a look at your daily habits. Does your lifestyle leave you with no choice but to adopt unhealthy habits? Don’t let the lack of time affect your health — don’t eat in a rush, don’t resort to junk food and don’t smoke because you think it will lower your stress levels. Start by making small changes in your schedule, which will go a long way in helping you ditch the bad habits.
TAKING ON TOO MUCH
One needs to learn to say a no at times. Often, we take on things simply because we don’t/ can’t say a no to people or let them down. This results in one taking on more things than they can handle. And that, in turn, leads to additional stress as you try to balance everything. Admit to your limitations and avoid taking up what you can’t handle.
PROBLEMS AT WORK
When your mind is disturbed, it can reflect in your work. If you’re facing a lot of pressure at work or bitchy colleagues, it’s best to speak to your superior about a solution. Avoid unnecessary conflicts as much as you can and do your work to the best of your ability.
ACCEPTING A DIFFICULT SITUATION
Our inability to accept things is one of the main reasons for stress. When you figure out (and accept) that things are out of your control, you will realise that they are easy to accept and that there is no point in fretting over them. Not every situation will be in your control. Learn to live with it. Sometimes, discussing a situation with somebody else might help you to see things from a different perspective.
NOT GIVING YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME
We all need time out for ourselves no matter how busy we are. Taking a break will not only give your body a break, but also help your mind unwind. You’ll also discover that you can perform better after having some ‘me time’.
NOT SEEING THE FUNNY SIDE
Experts say that many of us have forgotten how to laugh. When was the last time you let go and laughed till your stomach hurt? The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, try and see the lighter side. Having a humorous view towards life will lessen the burden of daily stress. And make it a habit to watch or read something funny everyday — laughing is said to lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones.
AVOID SITUATIONS THAT STRESS YOU
Different things affect us. For some it could be an overcrowded train, for others it could be an empty road. Long lines at the supermarket or bad traffic can stress some people out. Learn to work around these situations.
CHANGES IN LIFE
Change is inevitable, so learn to accept it. A change in address or job is a big change and you must learn to accept the fact that life goes on. See change as something positive instead of viewing it as a negative challenge.