Recently, I have been experiencing a great deal of stress. Not "I have so many problems" kind of stress, more like "I literally can't do all of this" stress.
But instead of breaking down and crying, I decided to turn my attitude around and embrace the craziness in my life.
By taking deep breaths and concentrating on a single task at a time, I am happy to say I avoided panic attacks (with only one close call!).
Here are some tips from on how you can help yourself lower your stress levels:
Do not take on everything; learn to say no. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try eliminating an activity that is not absolutely necessary. Ask yourself, "What really needs to be done? Is the deadline realistic?" No one is perfect, so do not expect perfection from yourself or others. And ask for help if you need it.
- Slow Down
- Practice a Healthy Lifestyle
- Give in Sometimes
- Let Go of Perfection
It only takes about 10-20 minutes to get a benefit from meditating . These few moments of quiet reflection may bring relief from stress as well as increase your tolerance to it. And it is simple to do: sit quietly, listen to peaceful music, relax, and try and think of pleasant things or think of nothing.
Take a moment to picture how you can manage a stressful situation more calmly and successfully. This can work with just about anything, whether it is an important presentation at work or moving to a new place or taking an exam. A visual rehearsal can boost self-confidence and help you have a more positive attitude toward a difficult task.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, try taking one task at a time. Make a list of things you need to do. Put the most urgent task at the top. Once you have accomplished it, cross it off and move on to the next one. The positive feeling of crossing things off can help keep you motivated.
Eating healthfully will make a difference. Avoiding things like smoking, excessive alcohol, and caffeine will help, as well. Make sure you get adequate rest and exercise. Try to balance work and play.
Talking about things can help you feel better. A conversation with someone can help you relax. And listening to someone else can take the focus off of yourself—something we all need to do every now and then. Stay in touch with your family and friends. Do not try to cope alone. If you feel that you need more help in dealing with a difficult situation, there are therapists and support groups available. Your doctor may be able to recommend someone.
You do not always have to be right. Be flexible. Be willing to compromise. If you do, others may meet you halfway. If you know you are right, stand your ground, but be calm and rational. Make sure you listen and make allowances for other's opinions.
When you expect too much from yourself or others, you may end up feeling frustrated, let down, and disappointed. Remember that each person, including yourself, has shortcomings. But, you also have beautiful qualities to share with the world.
Don't let stress control your life. Think of it as just another "S" word and go conquer your tasks at hand!
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