7 easy ways to handle your stress, by Alison Blackman
We have updated this post from 11 suggestions to an even dozen, that’s another article you should check out but I’m including this 7 tip article for a quick pick-me-up
1. Write it out: Feeling upset about something? Think before you act. Verbal purging can really get you into trouble, especially online where you can’t take it back (once it’s out there, it’s out there forever). So if you need to scream, write your thoughts and feelings in a letter (but do NOT hit the “SEND” button)
2. CHILL! If you learn about how your body reacts to stress, you can also learn how to counter that stress. Learn to listen to your body’s signals and find ways to reduce your stress, even if it’s just “taking five” to clear your mind. Relaxation exercises (E.g. Yoga, meditation, physical exercise) help, too.
3. DON’T OVERWHELM YOURSELF: If you are stressed and overwhelmed, perhaps you are trying to handle too much. Rid yourself of extra duties that aren’t necessary or important. (see above). Ask yourself if that task is really the most important thing you need to be doing right now. If it isn’t, it can wait. And learn to ask for help if you need it.
4. PRIORITIZE: You may not be able to avoid all the responsibilities obligations you currently have, but you can learn how to complete them without resentment and consciously choose how you will handle them. Learn to negotiate. Some people end up over-burdened simply because they never speak up and others assume they’re just fine with all the added tasks and responsibilities.
5. EXTEND YOURSELF: Make your own life better by making someone else’s life better. Give of yourself. Volunteer! You will feel empowered, positive, important…and you will be!
6. BE GRATEFUL: One thing all of life’s winners have in common is a sense of well-being, a positive attitude and realistic goals. Focus on the good things about yourself, and in your life. Nobody’s perfect. Learn to enjoy the “little things” that make you happy. Count your blessings. Every day, write down on a slip of paper one thing you are grateful for, even if it’s just a sunny day, a friend’s phone call, your cat’s happy purr. Put this “blessing” in a jar along with a dollar or more. Do this for one month. At the end of the month read all those slips of paper and you will realize that life is better than you think! Use the money to do something really special for yourself, or donate it to charity.
7: REALITY CHECK? There are things in the real world that are genuine causes of stress, but often people tend to feel stress about things that are assumed, in their minds, and there is no real reason for it. So ask yourself: “am I stressing out about something serious and real and valid, or am I making assumptions about something that might not even be true?” Get the facts, before you freak out!