Techniques To Get Control Of Stress
If you’re worried about the physical effects of stress on your body, these are two great ways to get the stress in your life back under control. The more you can bring your stress level down, the healthier you will be and better you will feel. Ready to get started? Try one of the two A’s today!
Believe it or not, you can simply avoid a lot of stress. Plan ahead, rearrange your surroundings and reap the benefits of a lighter load.
- Take control of your surroundings. Is the traffic insane? Leave early for work or take the longer, less traveled route. Hate waiting in line at the corporate cafeteria? Pack your lunch and eat at your desk.
- Avoid people who bother you. If you have a co-worker who causes your jaw to tense, put physical distance between the two of you. Sit far away at meetings or walk around his or her cubicle, even if it requires some extra steps.
- Learn to say no. You have a lot of responsibilities and demands on your time. At a certain point, you cross the line between being charitable and being foolish. Turn down the neighborhood sports league. Pass on coaching T-ball. Those around you will appreciate more time with a relaxed you. And you’ll have time to enjoy them, too.
- Ditch part of your list. Label your to-do list with A’s, B’s and C’s, according to importance. On hectic days, scratch the C’s from your list.
However, some problems can’t be avoided. For those situations, try another technique.
One of the most helpful things you can do during times of stress is to take inventory, then attempt to change your situation for the better.
- Respectfully ask others to change their behavior. And be willing to do the same. Small problems often create larger ones if they aren’t resolved. If you’re tired of being the butt of your wife’s jokes at parties, ask her to leave you out of the comedy routine. In return, be willing to enjoy her other jokes and thank her for humoring you.
- Communicate your feelings openly. Remember to use “I” statements, as in, “I feel frustrated by shorter deadlines and a heavier workload. Is there something we can do to balance things out?”
- Manage your time better. Lump together similar tasks — group your phone calls, car errands and computer-related tasks. The reward of increased efficiency will be extra time.
- State limits in advance. Instead of stewing over a colleague’s nonstop chatter, politely start the conversation with, “I’ve got only five minutes to cover this.”
– via www.mayoclinic.org
Conquer Daily Stress With These Ideas
The ideas above are great for trying to alter the situations or relationships that add undue stress to your life. But what if you can change the stressors? Then you can add in some healthy coping mechanisms that help you better deal with stress and anxiety.
It should come as no surprise that exercise is a fundamental way of reducing stress levels. Most of us can understand that it works, but not so many of us could explain why. Essentially, a good amount of exercise does 2 things:
- Distracts from stressful events
- Protects the heart by lowering blood pressure
In order to fully maximise an exercise regime and keep it interesting (thus reducing the potential of the participant becoming bored), a variety of different pursuits should be followed.
For people who do little exercise, any exercise programme should start slowly and build upwards, as doing more exercise than you are physically capable of can be dangerous.
There are many different types of exercise that can be utilised to reduce stress. Swimming is relaxing and ideal for people who are pregnant or suffering mobility problems, as the feeling of weightlessness reduce pressure on the body.
Exercise classes such as aerobics or pilates bring a social aspect to the regime. And running (or brisk walking) is free and also reduces stress.
Eat More Healthily and Sleep More
This is another lifestyle change that may sound obvious but has actually been shown in studies to be very beneficial. People who skip breakfast or lunch are known to be more at risk of stress, as stress levels can be higher when feeling hungry or worn down.
Having even a small breakfast in the morning, with small healthy snacks to graze on throughout the day, can boost energy, improve concentration and reduce stress.
Getting a good night’s sleep is an important way of reducing stress on a daily basis, as feeling tired and worn out increases aggravation leading to higher stress levels and at an extreme level can cause stress-induced insomnia.
As obvious as it sounds, many people simply do not get enough sleep, and many studies have shown a direct link between lengths of resting time and the body’s ability to fight stress. Going to bed a little earlier at the same time may require some discipline at first, but this can be an easy way to reduce stress levels.
– via www.whyamiunhealthy.com
How do you handle the stress in your life?