Almost all of us suffer from stress at some point in our lives and for the most part it is an unfortunate fact of life. It can cause problems however (both physically and mentally) if left untreated or if you are feeling stressed every day.
The key to stress management is the ‘management’ part; by keeping control of stress and stamping it out before it gets to an unhealthy level, you can avoid the physical and emotional pitfalls of stress. The following easy tips should help you keep a handle on day-to-day stresses:
One of the key things that many of us stress over is having tasks we are yet to do. Most of us go through stages of procrastinating, but when we allow things to build up, our stress levels can increase. Keep stress to a minimum by tackling the task you are most likely to put off (dentist, anyone?), by getting this task out of the way you will feel empowered to work through the rest of your list.
Saying ‘no’ to a friend, family member or colleague can feel difficult, but it can also be liberating. Being assertive and saying no isn’t about being aggressive or selfish, it is about standing up for yourself and ensuring you are confident when you come up against challenging situations. Try to communicate your feelings in a clear, non-confrontational way and remember to always respect other people’s opinions.
Sort your sleeping habits
Feeling stressed can often lead to sleeping difficulties, which in turn can make you feel more stressed. Getting out of this vicious cycle can be challenging, but it can be done. Reassess your sleeping habits and ensure you are keeping a regular routine. Aim to wind down before bed for an hour or so by listening to relaxing music, meditating or reading a book. Avoid electronic devices and keep your bedroom cool and dark.
Learn to relax
Learning relaxation skills is key in treating stress as it helps to eliminate the physical symptoms while giving you a sense of control. Try deep breathing techniques, meditation or self-hypnosis.
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