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.