Everyone gets stressed at one point or another. The best way to deal with stress is to pin point the area that is getting you most stress rather than turning to unhealthy stress reliving habits.
Exercise is a great way to relive stress. Even though it won't make your stress disappear, it does reduces the emotional intensity of stressful situations. It gives you a chance to clear your thoughts and deal with the issue in a calm manner.
"If you remain passive, thinking, 'I can't do anything about my problem', your stress will get worse," says Professor Cooper. "That feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of well being."
Taking control of a situation is empowering and helps you to find a solution to your problem.
Colleagues, friends, and family are great to have in your life, not only will they support you with your issues but they can help you see your issue from a different perceptive.
Friends also give you a chance to relax and have a laugh, which is a great stress reliever.
Everyone needs time to themselves, whether it's to socialise with others, relaxing, or exercising. It is recommended to set aside a couple of nights every week for some quality "me time".
Setting yourself challenges outside of your work, helps you to build confidence which will help with stress. So try setting yourself a challenge like learning a new language or learning a new skill!
Don't rely on unhealthy habits to cure your stress, such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Long term, these crutches will not solve your issue and will just cause more problems down the road.
Volunteering and community work help to build up your resilience.
"Helping people who are often in situations worse than yours will help you put your problems into perspective," says Professor Cooper. "The more you give, the more resilient and happy you feel."
Working smarter is where you can prioritise important work that will make a difference rather than concentrating on unimportant tasks. You need to accept that you will always have things to do.
Look for the positives in life and be grateful. Looking at your issues with a "glass half full" perspective can help reduce the stress you feel.
There will be times when you cannot change a situation. Instead of focusing on these issues, try to focus on what you can change.
Hope these tips helped! And remember... Don't Stress, Do your Best, Forget the Rest!
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