How to deal with stress

First you need to remember, there’s nothing wrong with having stress. Stress is a normal part of life. Sometimes stress can boost our fight-or-flight mechanism to help us deal with emergencies, it increases our awareness in difficult or dangerous situations, allowing us to act quickly. But when there is too much stress, when it presents in your life for a long period of time, it can seriously affect your health, physical and mental. Everyone responds to stress differently, that is why it’s important to understand what stresses you out and how to handle it. The aim is not to get rid of stress completely, but to eliminate unnecessary stress and help you cope with unavoidable one.

1. Find out your stressors

Sometimes stressors are obvious, for example: health problems, a bad relationship, frustration from your work, etc. Sometimes the reasons of stress are not so easy to identify. But you should try to do your best. It can be useful to write down these stressors, when you recognize them. Once you found your stressors, it will be easier to cope with them in the future.

2. Change stressors when you can

If you know that some people or situations make you stressful or anxious, try to avoid them if possible. Not all kinds of stress are avoidable but if you can control something in your life, do it.
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3. Set limits

Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Enough is as good as a feast. Learn how to say “no” in different situations, it will help you not to spread too thin. You don’t own anyone anything. But you owe yourself to be healthy.

4. Set priorities

If you have too many thinks to do, prioritize. Literally just sit and write down on a piece of paper your “to do list” and then determine what task is needed to be done first, what second, and so on. Don’t try to do everything at a time.

5. Ask for help

Asking other people to help you is absolutely normal. You’re not a superhero who must save the world every day on your own. You can ask for help and support your spouse, parents, children, your friends and colleagues. Explain to them that you need them by your side while you have so much on your plate.

6. Active lifestyle is great

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), exercise and other physical activities can help relieve stress by releasing endorphins, which are natural painkillers, into your brain. So when you feel stress or anxious, don’t skip exercises, even if you’re not in the mood at the moment. Sport will help you to feel much better, you’ll see. It’s good not just for your physical health (it’s always great to be in a good shape, isn’t it?), but for mental, too. After a good training you’ll sleep better, and to have a rest is important to stay strong, healthy and be in a good mood.

7. Think positive

Try to focus on good things in your life instead of moping and complaining about your problems. At the end of the day you can write down all the good things, even little ones, that happened to you. It will help you to stay on a positive note. If you feel stress is coming, try to switch to the things you love: listen to some music, read your favorite book, go for a walk, do exercises, play with your dog, etc. A positive attitude won’t allow you to slip back into feeling overwhelmed.

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8. Other practices

The following practices can also help relieve stress and put your mind and body at ease:
– yoga
– meditation
– deep breathing exercises
– massage
– acupuncture
– tai chi

Stress affects us all in any period of time. But if you know how to manage your stress, it will bother you less and less, and you will juggle your everyday tasks easily.

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