Stress has become a constant in today’s busy world. From individual problems to stress that affects us all, such as political upheaval, it’s difficult to escape no matter what you do. Given the constant presence of stress in most of our lives it’s important to learn how to cope with it – these 10 tips will help to ensure you’re able to keep stress under control.
. Being active will help to disperse some of the tougher emotions that stress can trigger, make you feel strong and make room for clearer insight. It will enable you to approach issues with a calmer mind and be more productive when it comes to finding solutions.
Reach out to others
. Connecting with friends or family will instantly help you to feel less alone with your problems. They may be able to provide an alternative perspective and hanging out with people whose company you enjoy may take your mind off the major issues.
Get outside your comfort zone.
Tackling personal challenges helps to build resilience and confidence, which can be key when it comes to stress. Try challenges, activities or adventures that will help you to learn and grow as a person and acquire new knowledge.
. One of the main reasons why stress starts to escalate is often because we believe that we can’t solve the problems that are causing the stress. Being proactive and taking steps to tackle whatever is happening to you will help to considerably lessen feelings of hopelessness and not being in control.
Give back to others.
Activities such as volunteering help us to get outside of our own lives, make new connections and see life from a fresh perspective. Even a small favour like helping someone with their shopping or cat sitting for a neighbour can create good feelings that last.
Make time for you.
We often assume that our lives should be divided into work and time spent with others. However, it’s just as important to have time that is just for you. Regularly set aside time to do what ever makes you feel good, whether that’s exercise, reading or walking and thinking – at least 2 nights a week is recommended.
Be wary of avoidance behaviour.
When stressful situations get too much there is always a temptation to turn to alcohol, smoking, food or overeating as a way to avoid or numb the situation. However, this is not a solution and can often make stressful feelings more intense.
Work smart. Learn how to prioritise tasks so that you’re completing those that are the most important first and focusing your energy on what will make a big difference to overall outcomes.
This doesn’t mean giving in, just accepting what you can’t change so that you can focus on what you do have some control over.
Gratitude is incredibly important when it comes to stress management – the more positive and happy we are the better equipped we feel to cope when things get stressful. Start by making a daily list of everything you’re grateful for. Even if it’s only three items long, it’s a good start.
Learning how to manage stress can be transformative – these 10 tips will enable you to start today.
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