How to fight stress
Stress is difficult for everyone, and it’s something we all have to deal with in our lives.
In school, we have to deal with multiple assignments and extracurricular activities. In our careers, we have deadlines, presentations, and bosses to keep happy. At home, we have to clean, cook, pay bills, take care of our families and still find time for ourselves.
It affects every aspect of our lives, but it’s important to not let it get the best of you. Even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time, you can control your levels of stress, how you react, and your emotions. It isn’t always easy, though. So, we’re here to help! Take charge of your stress, keep a good attitude, and follow these tips to help cope.
How to fight stress:
1. You need to take care of your body
The healthier your body is overall, the better you’ll feel, the happier you’ll be, so the less stressed you’ll be. So, make sure to exercise, eat healthy, and especially make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Being tired makes a lot of things worse than they actually are.
2. Make time for yourself
Everyone needs time to unwind and relax. Going at 150% all the time will wear you out and overall make you less productive. If you have a lot on your mind, talk to someone. Call a loved one, ask someone to go out for lunch, or even unwind with some people. Have fun even if it seems like you don’t have time. We’re human, we need breaks!
3. Sometimes, people themselves can be stressful to you
Maybe they complain too much, talk poorly about others, or simply get on your nerves and make you anxious. Avoid these people if you can. For example, find a park to eat lunch at instead of the break room if it’s a coworker or leave at a different time than them to avoid them in the parking lot.
4. A Healthy environment that promotes engagement is important as well
It helps people be more productive and happier overall resulting in a more effective employee for your company. This can be done by modifying things in your office, or you can change little things in your everyday life. For example, if traffic stresses you out, take a longer, out of the way route. If small spaces are stressful, do what work you can on a laptop away from your desk. If a messy home makes you anxious, allow yourself to take an hour or so to clean. Even make yourself feel better by helping others. Make yourself feel good and feel comfortable.
5. Try to think positively and make the best out of situations
Some things that may stress you out are out of your control. You can’t change them, but you can change your attitude about them. Have an optimistic view on different situations you find yourself in.
For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, don’t get mad! See it as an opportunity to have a moment to yourself, listen to some of your favorite music, and unwind a bit. There’s no point in stressing out about something you can’t do anything about in that moment (see number 2).
Even just having a happier mindset will make you a happier individual resulting in a more productive and less stressful life.
Give these a try! 😉
Do you have any other suggestion about how to fight stress? Please leave a comment with your best tip!