Strategies to Reduce Stress

Stress is evident everywhere in our fast-paced world. It’s a mental, emotional, or physical strain caused by anxiety or overwork. We all feel stress and often suffer the results of it in some way or other. What you are about to read can have a significant impact on the levels of stress you experience. This post is not about how to deal with stress; it’s about how to reduce and avoid it.

Read the following lines once maybe twice with an open mind. Let them sink in. See which one resonates with you more and which one you are not able to accept. The key here is being honest to yourself.

  • Accept What We Cannot Change – We can accept what we cannot change by changing what we can. Make choices that are realistic, not out of reach.
  • Choose Friends Carefully – Your choice of friends can be the key to stress reduction. Friends should be people who help us to increase our strengths and create innovative solutions to stress situations. They support us and reaffirm that we can not alone.
  • Create Environments that Reduce Stress – Colors of the walls, floor coverings, and furniture can reduce stress. Hues such as cooling greens and blues are positive colors that can reduce stress and create a sense of well-being.
  • Maintain a Sense of Humor – Laughing at oneself can release potential stress from the inside. And laughing creates less wrinkles than worrying.
  • Stop & Look at Yourself – Take time to recognize signs of stress such as anger, exhaustion, and poor quality sleep. As you become aware of these signs, you are beginning to identify how to make stress work. You are being proactive, not reactions to situations.
  • Use Stress as a Teacher – As a crisis occurs, stop and think of how to use it to make things better. Make lemonade our of the lemons of life.
  • Make Decisions – Indecision increases stress. Good leaders make decisions and act on them. If a bad decision is made, reevaluate.
  • Don’t say Yes to Everything – Recognize what your strengths and are focus on taking the time to do a project built on them. Taking on too many projects results in loss of control and creates stress.
  • Organize – Disorganization creates stress. Taking the “dis” out of disorganization can produce a sense of control in knowing what will happen, that in turn reduces stress.
  • Leave Time for the Unexpected – Look for the natural cooing ability to deal with the unexpected. Coping requires time. Time is needed to perceive a crisis and to rally out internal and external resources.

Managing stress is all about taking control of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.

What helps you reduce or avoid stress? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below this post.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sophie Starr says:

    I actually found this a good compilation of dos and don’ts. The don’t say yes to everything one really resonated with me. I’m constantly trying to help someone, whether they ask for it or not.
    Enjoyed the read.


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    1. Hi Sophie, I understand where you are coming from. You are what they call a rescuer. You may not be aware of it, but some of us are attracted to those who need help because it feels good to help them. Most of the time, we’re not even aware of this motivation ourselves. And while it appears to be based on a desire to help others, the underlying reason for wanting to rescue someone is so that they will need us. A rescuer needs to be needed because deep down they believe that is the only way they will be worthy and loveable. It also allows the rescuer to feel good about themselves because they feel more capable than the person they are rescuing. You believe they are weak and you are strong. But in reality, this dynamic only serves to keep you tied to people who demand your service to them while they give little or nothing to you in return. Over time, your self-esteem weakens because you are not getting your needs for love and support met while your partner’s needs become the focus of the relationship. If you think you may be a rescuer, you need to recognise that your needs are important too and that you should be and will be loved you for who you are, not for what you do for others.

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      1. Sophie Starr says:

        I do know I have a thing for rescuing. My reasoning is to give back for all the help I’ve gotten over the years. I don’t see the ones I help as weak, just that this one thing that they need help with is something they’re unable to do or in some cases they want me to feel important. I am weak, unable to care for myself, so I can’t judge anyone else.

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  2. Michelle says:

    Great post and really practical tips. Thanks!

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    1. You are most welcome. Here is another tip. A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach.

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  3. tonyabuli says:

    Leave one day at a time. Don’t live in the past, don’t think too much about the future, and live in the present.

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    1. I agree with you. Bring the focus back to something really plain and simple. As soon as you notice yourself projecting into the future, bring your focus back to something really simple and boring in the present. Your job is to focus all of your attention solely on that item to bring your awareness back to the present.

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  4. Crystal says:

    Get a cat and you’ll be amazed at how your stress goes away. They’re easy to take care of too.

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    1. I agree with you. Cats can help our moods by increasing serotonin and decreasing cortisol, which leads to greater well-being.

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