Stress is something everyone deals with and it can either make you or break you. I may seem like a well-composed person most of the time when I’m under immense pressure, but things do break me down. At the end of the day I’m also human and I have limits. There are certain circumstances in life that are entirely beyond our control and that’s fine.
It seems like stress is bound to occur in everyone’s lives and it may seem like we can’t do anything about it. There will never be more hours in a day, the bills won’t stop coming in, and your work and family responsibilities and obligations will always be demanding. We have a lot more control than we might think. If you’re well-driven and in control of every situation that gets out of hand, then you do know how to deal with stress. That’s stress management. Stress management is all about how you take ownership of your thoughts, emotions, and lifestyle. Here are some tips that can help you on dealing with stress.
Tip 1 – IDENTIFY
Where is all of your stress coming from ? When does it occur ? We need to identify the main source of our stress. There are plenty of evident stressors, such as, failing a test, changing careers, going through a breakup, and the like. It’s not too complicated to overlook our own behavior that contributes to our stress level.
We may be worried about academic deadlines, work duties, but probably it’s our PROCRASTINATION, rather than the demands of school and work that is keeping us from having a stress-free life.
We need to identify the source of our stress and consider looking closely at our habits and attitude towards these stressors in life.
Tip 2 – REPLACE
How do you deal with stress ? We need to think of ways on how we deal with stress. Writing down the factors that lead to stress is a concrete and healthy example on how to manage them. We list down the main source of our stress and we think of options on how we can move forward from it. We need to know how to Accept the demanding problem. We need t learn how to Adapt from these stressors. We need to invest to Alternate the situation.
Most people deal with stress in ways which compound the problem. Taking drugs, drinking too much alcohol, withdrawing from friends and family, and bingeing on comfort food. These are unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. I’ve tried drinking and it only made the pain go away for a day. Withdrew from my friends and it only made me feel more empty. We need to change our unfortunately unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. It will not do anything good. It’s only gonna make things worse. Replace and Change !
Tip 3 – Move
The last thing you wanna do when you’re hella stressed is to get out and exercise. Physical activity is a huge stress reliever. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and it can serve as a distraction from your daily stressors.
Walking for a good hour on a weekend can help you establish a stress-free life. Even very small activities can help can add up over the course of a day. Move your lazy ass up and stop being such a slouch and stop whining on social media. You’re not alone.
Tip 4 – Connect
There’s nothing better than spending quality time with another person who makes you feel safe and understood. Connection is nature’s natural way of relieving stress. The people you talk to doesn’t need to be able to fix your problem, but they simply just need to be good listeners.
If these people make you look weak, make you feel like a burden, and are keeping you from opening up, then we need to remove these toxic people from our lives. They’re not helping and could only worsen the situation we are in.
Tip 5 – Time
Don’t get so caught up with the hustle of life and forget to take care of your own needs. We deserve a break every now and then. Nurturing ourselves is a necessity, not a luxury. If you’re always in a place that exudes positivity, then I assure that you can regularly make time for fun and relaxation.
Carving out “ME TIME” on a working day is a massive struggle for everyone. If you’re caught up with school or work for five days straight and the comes the weekend, we often think that to rest is the better option. That’s why we apparently need to . . .
Tip 6 – Manage
Poor time management is an indication that you’ll be stressed from time to time. When you don’t have ample amount of time, it’s hard to stay calm and focus.
Don’t over-commit yourself. Avoid skipping dates and scheduling back-to-back or trying to fit too much in one day. Prioritize tasks. List down the things you need to settle first and take each one at a time.
Tip 7 – Balance
Maintain a healthy lifestyle. If we are bound to eating comfort food for unhealthy cravings, turning into alcohol to forget the painful memories of the past, then nothing good can come out of it.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast, and keep your mind up and clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Reduce caffeine and sugar. The temporary “highs” often end in with a crash in mood and energy. Reduce your intake of caffeine, sodas, and chocolates, you’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable.