Stress is a normal part of life and usually comes from everyday occurrences. As a culture, or species, we’re not doing very well “managing” it.
Here are some ways you can deal with everyday sources of stress to keep your balance and calm, no matter what.
1. Eliminate as many sources of stress as you can.
- if crowds bother you, go to the supermarket when you know the lines won’t be too long.
- Rent movies rather than going to crowded movie theaters.
- Clear up the clutter in your life by giving away or throwing away the things that get in your way.
- Limit your time with people who are stressful and push your buttons.
2. Time Management.
If you are always running late, sit down with a pencil and paper and see how you are actually allotting your time. Say it takes you 40 minutes to get to work. Are you leaving your house on time? You may be able to solve your problem (and de-stress your life a bit) just by being realistic.
If you can’t find the time for all the activities that are important to you, maybe you are trying to do too much. Make a list of what you do during the day and how much each activity takes. Then cut back.
3. If you can’t remove the stress, remove yourself.
When in a crowd, gathering, party or work day, slip away once in a while for some private time. Excuse yourself from conversations when they are going nowhere or escalating for more stress and possible negative outcomes. Quiet moments and a time out may give you a fresh perspective on your problems. Avoid stressful people.
4. Avoid predictably stressful situations.
Don’t go in the first place. If a certain sport or game (whether it’s tennis or bridge), or event makes you tense, decline the invitation. After all, the point of these activities is to have a good time. If you know you won’t, there’s no reason to go.
This means you need to get to know yourself better and better. Plus, start finding new groups, friends, activities that are fun so that you can go and be involved.
5. Don’t compete.
Competing with others, whether in accomplishments, appearance, or possessions, is an avoidable source of stress. It’s just the ego trying to survive. Have a chat with your ego – nothing is that important. Reality TV takes care of more of that than any of us ever need to be around! Let them deal with it. Heck, they’re even getting paid a ton of money to do it? Plus…stop watching them too.
6. Slow down.
Labor saving devices, such as cell phones or computer hookups, often encourage us to cram too many activities into each day.
Before you buy new equipment, be sure that it will really improve your life. Be aware that taking care of equipment – maintenance – and getting it repaired can be stressful.
7. Try doing only one thing at a time.
Multi-tasking really isn’t good for us. So, for example, when you’re riding your exercise bike, you don’t have to listen to the radio, watch television, read a book or learn from an audio program. Sometimes it’s okay to do nothing.
8. Pay attention to your health – body, mind and spirit.
If you suffer from insomnia, headaches, recurring colds, or stomach upsets, consider whether stress is part of the problem. Being chronically angry, frustrated, or apprehensive can deplete your physical resources.
Don’t ignore your body and health. Pay attention to signs and symptoms and get serious about your life. There is no magic pill or surgery that can fix problems forever.
9. Eat nutritious foods.
Nix fast foods, sugar, fried and processed foods. Change your lifestyle around food and watch stress, weight and craziness dissolve! Eat raw and healthy foods to rebuild your body and brain. Find more information on this at my health blog. (Though my health blog is thyroid focused, it is clean food focused – so great for everyone.)
10. Seek professional help
Early signs of excess stress are loss of a sense of well-being and reluctance to get up in the morning to face another day. If you feel stress (or anything else) is getting the better of you, seek professional help, a doctor or therapist.