We’re all so busy living out our lives. Time never seems to wait for us to catch up with her. I find myself standing at the door waving farewell to her every evening when I arrive from work and realize I only have a couple of hours left before lights out and am up again for work the next morning. We all have this favorite expression when it comes to being stressed out, and I wouldn’t bother naming all of them since it may also vary in different languages.
But when it comes down to it, I think that it is how we work or even relax, for that matter that triggers stress. Ever been stressed even when you’re well relaxed and bored? I know I have.
It’s important to find ways to decrease and prevent stressful incidents and decrease negative reactions to stress. Here are some of the things that can be done by just remembering it, since life is basically a routine to follow like brushing our teeth or eating breakfast. We can do a few of them in a longer span of time, but as they say – “Every minute counts.”
Managing our time
Time management skills can allow us more precious time to spend with our family and friends and possibly increase our performance and productivity. This alternatively will help reduce our stress.
Here are a few things we can do to help improve our time management:
1. Save time by focusing and concentrating, delegating, and scheduling time for yourself.
2. Keep a record of how you spend your time, including work, family, and leisure time.
3. Prioritize your time by rating tasks by importance and urgency. Redirect your time to those activities that are important and meaningful to you.
4. Manage your commitments by not over- or under-committing. Don’t commit to what is not important to you.
5. Deal with procrastination by using a day planner, breaking large projects into smaller ones, and setting short-term deadlines.
7. Examine your beliefs to reduce conflict between what you believe and what your life is like.
Building healthy coping strategies
It is important that we identify our coping strategies as early as we possibly can. One way to do this is by recording the stressful event, your reaction, and how you cope in a stress journal. With this information, you can work to change unhealthy coping strategies into healthy ones-those that help you focus on the positive and what you can change or control in your life.
Some behaviors and lifestyle choices affect can affect our stress level. They may not cause stress directly, but they can interfere with the ways our body seeks relief from stress. Try to:
1. Balance personal, work, and family needs and obligations.
2. Have a sense of purpose in life.
3. Get enough sleep, since your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping.
4. Eat a balanced diet for a nutritional defense against stress.
5. Get moderate exercise throughout the week.
6. Try to Limit your consumption of alcohol.
Social support is a major factor in how we experience stress. Social support is the positive support you receive from family, friends, and the community. It is the knowledge that you are cared for, loved, esteemed, and valued. More and more research indicates a strong relationship between social support and better mental and physical health.
Changing our thinking
When an event triggers negative thoughts, we may experience fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, rage, guilt, and a sense of worthlessness or powerlessness. These emotions trigger the body’s stress, just as an actual threat does. Dealing with your negative thoughts and how you see things can help reduce stress.
1. Thought-stopping helps you stop a negative thought to help eliminate stress.
2. Disproving irrational thoughts helps you to avoid exaggerating the negative thought, anticipating the worst, and interpreting an event incorrectly.
3. Problem solving helps you identify all aspects of a stressful event and find ways to deal with it.
4. Changing your communication style helps you communicate in a way that makes your views known without making others feel put down, hostile, or intimidated. This reduces the stress that comes from poor communication. Use the assertiveness ladder to improve your communication style.
Even writers like me can get stressed even though we’re just using our hands to do the talking, but having to sit for 7 or 8 hours is already stressful enough and have our own way to relieve stress. Whether you’re the mail guy, the CEO, or probably the average working parent, stress is one unwanted visitor you would love to boot out of your homes, especially your life. Your life is too precious to let stress get in the way and get you down.