Can You Have Less Stress?

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Almost everyone has been stressed at one point in their life. For many of us, it is a daily occurrence. There are so many things that can cause stress: work, kids, parents, spouses, traffic, social situations. The list goes on and on. So, what can we do about it?

Stress is often caused by feeling out of control of your own life. You feel pulled in several different directions. You feel like there is never enough time in the day. When you are at home, you stress about what is going on at work. When you are at work, you stress about home. It’s chaos.

First, you need to realize that you are more in control than you think. You can control your thoughts and your schedule. You can control your reaction to what happens on a daily basis. Once you understand you are in control, you can start alleviating that stress.

To really understand how to handle your stress, you need to figure out what is causing it and how you deal with it now. By starting a journal, you can keep track of your daily anxiety levels and your reactions. Do you deal with stress by overeating or not eating? Do you lash out at the people around you? Do you smoke or drink? These are unhealthy ways to deal with the tension. With some work, you can condition yourself to deal with stress in healthier ways and perhaps reduce those anxious feeling altogether.

Avoid Stressors: By studying your journal, you will learn what is causing you stress. If possible, avoid those people or situations. Remember, you are in control of your life. If you are stressed by traffic, find a different route home or listen to books on CD. If you are over-scheduled, learn to say no. If discussing certain topics makes you feel anxious, it’s time to talk about something else.

Time Management:  Procrastination can be a big cause of stress, and you only have yourself to blame. If you are always trying to make work deadlines at the very last minute, think about how you are managing your time. Do you have an unrealistic schedule or are you putting things off to the last minute? Taking control of your time can alleviate this stress. Make schedules for yourself that allow you to accomplish things in a reasonable amount of time. Then, stick to your schedule.

Adjust Attitudes and Outlooks: When you think negatively, it has a physical effect on your body. It can cause your system to release hormones that will only increase your feelings of anxiety. By approaching the situation with a more positive attitude, you can reduce the amount stress you feel. A positive outlook can also increase your life span, lower levels of depression, and increase resistance to the common cold. Thinking positively can be the first step to controlling how you react to stressful situations.

While you can avoid some of the stress in your life, no one can avoid it altogether. When you feel stressed, try one or two of the following to relieve it: meditate, do deep breathing exercises, or talk with a friend. You can also turn up the music and dance or just get your body moving with exercise. You can also go see a comedy or read a funny book. Laughter can sometimes be the best medicine.

Categories: Health & Fitness

Kiera Collins

Kiera is a writer, wife, mother, office manager, and home zoo keeper.

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