Everyone deals with stress in one way or another. Knowing how to effectively reduce stress and anxiety can lead to a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Here are a few different ways you can learn to deal with your stress.
Anticipate stressful times – Anticipating when there is going to be a stressful situation and knowing how to deal with them is one way to deal with your stress. Being in the know about when something is about to go bad or cause you unnecessary stress, you can tactfully avoid this. Keep track of things that stress you out and know how to deal with them.
Read some inspirational literature – When I am discouraged or stressed, I like to read the Bible. The Bible contains so many promises for you and I. Reading the promises and meditating on what you are thankful for can change your mood. Read the Psalms. They can be a great source of inspiration when you are going through stressful times.
Set aside time to worry (like tomorrow) – There are certain times you should worry and certain times you shouldn’t. By worrying, let’s say, before work you’re causing yourself to lose track of what you’re doing and letting stress control how you think during work. That can adversely affect your job. Save your stress for a time of day when you have nothing planned. Don’t let your problems get in the way of your work or social life.
Do something fun for a few minutes – They say laughter is the best medicine, and for good reason. Laughing doesn’t just mean you’re happy, it also can release feel good chemicals throughout your body. Watch a funny movie or listen to a comedian. Learn some jokes or ask your friends and family for some.
Laughing is a sure fire and cheap way to get yourself out of a stressful situation. You can even laugh at what’s causing you stress, which puts you in a better position to deal with it.
Surround yourself with positive friends – Positive people are great to have around when you’re having a hard time. They can liven up your day just by not talking about the negative things that have happened to them. Everyone has bad days, but those terminally negative people can be a real drag to be around.
No one likes someone who’s constantly looking at the bad side of everything, so make sure you have positive friends and family members around you when you’re going through a stressful situation.
Get some fresh air – Controlling your breathing can really help as well. A simple breathing exercise you can try when you’re going through something you feel overwhelmed by is just counting 10 long and deep breaths. Get outside, feel the sun and breathe in some fresh air.
By focusing your attention to your breathing you’re giving less and less power to your stress. Let every bit of stress go the higher you count. There are many more breathing exercises but that’s a place to start.
Choose to see the bright side of things – There are two sides to every situation, the bright and the dark side. As was said about hanging out with positive people, you yourself have to be positive as well.
You attract the same kind of people as yourself, so if you look at the bright side of things you’re more likely to attract people to you that do as well. Keeping a positive attitude during stressful times will keep you motivated to beat your stress.
You can deal with stress if you make the decision not to let it take you over. Using these tips as ways to handling your stress can help you get over it and get on with your life.