More Ways to Eliminate Stress
Stress is part of life, but it’s how we deal with stress that
makes the difference to whether we feel challenged or overwhelmed. When
it’s “overwhelmed” time, that’s our signal to
change the way we are currently running our lives. Here’s some
ideas to help you cope with life’s inevitable dilemmas.
- Prioritize pleasant events
Most of us get so caught up in the weekly routine of school lunches,
ballet classes, meal preparation, household chores, job responsibilities,
(and the list goes on), that we forget to have fun.
Fun is essential to our mental health, adults need it to survive,
and it is not intended to be the sole realm of the under 18s. Make
sure that you program fun into your life. It is just as important
to your wellbeing as keeping the house clean. You make have to make
appointments with yourself to have fun. That’s fine. Choose
a regular date, mark it on your calendar each month, then simply select
what you’d really like to do. It doesn’t matter what the
activity is as long as you do it on a regular basis.
- Watch the time
Time management is an important part of dealing with stress, particularly
when the stress you are experiencing is associated with having an
overloaded workload. Time management does not mean squeezing
even more projects into your day! What it does mean is learning
to prioritize and delegate.
Compile a list of tasks you hope to achieve for the day, put aside
your superwoman cape, and slash all the unnecessary items off the
list. Your tasks for the day have suddenly become far more manageable
and your stress levels will lower accordingly. At the end of the day
the sense of achievement that you will experience on having completed
most of this reasonable list will encourage you to both feel more
in control and courage you to repeat this success in the days ahead.
In repeating this, day after day, it will gradually become a habit
that means that your natural way of handling the day will be with
a sense of calmness and control.
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