• Chantal Porter

Ten Tips for Dealing with Stress

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Stress is common to people of all ages, that is, children, teenagers, and adults. According to Medicine.Net "stress in a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension." Stress affects people in different ways. A situation that you identify as stressful may seem normal to someone else and vice versa. Dealing with stress also differs from one person to the next. Some individuals are able to handle high levels of stress whereas others are incapable of coping with even minimal levels of stress. Stress is categorized as external or internal depending on the factors at play.

Examples of External Factors that can contribute to stress

1. Your Job

2. Your kids

3. The weather

4. Death in the family

5. Financial Issues

6. Bills

Examples of Internal Factors that contribute to stress

1. Your health and wellness

2. How fit you are

3. How much sleep you get on a daily basis

4. Mental state

5. Emotional readiness

The factors listed above can impact your stress levels significantly. By now you would have realized that stressful scenarios present themselves every day. The tips presented later on will give you some clarity on how not to stress. This will help you cope whenever stress shows up in your life. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, you are probably not coping well with stress:

Possible signs that you are losing the fight against stress:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Weight loss/ weight gain

  • Reclusiveness

  • Easily angered

  • Breaking down emotionally

  • Easily agitated

  • Loss of appetite

  • Memory loss

  • Thoughts of self destruction

There are however, multiple ways in which you can actively manage stress and reduce its impact on your life. Here 10 tips or strategies that you can use to effectively manage stress:

Ten tips for Stress Management

1. Get enough sleep:

If you are already undergoing stressful periods in your life, not getting enough sleep will only amplify the problems you face. Ensure that you are getting adequate sleep each day so that you are rested and better able to tackle the day's events.

2. Exercise:

If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed the best thing to do is get active. People suffering from stress often lack the energy to do everyday tasks. During these moments, getting involved in physical activity such as; walking or jogging will help to reduce your stress levels and give you an extra boost of energy.

3. Talk to someone-

Bottling up your problems will only lead more stress, depression and even disease. Do not be afraid to seek help from a counselor, pastor, family member or friend who you trust. Share your concerns and troubles with them and allow them to help you with a solution.

4. Avoid Caffeine and alcohol-

Many people turn to drugs and alcohol when they are faced with stressful situations. Drugs and alcohol reduce your ability to think clearly and often times worsens the problem. It is best to avoid them, as they will only mask the situation instead of helping to resolve it.

5. Establish a healthy life

A balanced diet will reduce stress related to illness or disease. Eating foods that are right for your body will boost your energy, nurture your body and give you the strength to deal with everyday situations. Furthermore, eating right will also boost your immune system and reduce your risk of developing a disease.

6. Meditate:

Meditation is a great way of managing stress. It calms the mind and allows you to feel grounded and connected. Meditate for about 30 mins per day as a part of your daily stress management routine.

7. Reset:

Take a break from stressful activities and do some fun activities. Make a list of the things you enjoy doing and make a conscious effort to engage in one or more of those activities on a regular basis. It will help you to refocus and enjoy life as well.

8. Plan ahead and manage your time well:

Procrastination and lack of proper time management are sources of unwanted stress. Do not rely on mere memory or leave things to chance, plan your days ahead to reduce error, and chaos.

9. Identify your stressors:

One of the first steps to overcoming stress is to identify what your stressors are. Once you have identified them, write them down in a diary or notebook. Take note of how you react to these stressors, then, determine whether or not you are putting yourself under unnecessary stress.

10. Use stress management techniques (deep breaths to calm down):

Whenever you are faced with a stressful situation, it is always better to think before you react. The next time stress attacks, pause for a couple of seconds, take some deep breaths and approach the situation with a level head. Furthermore, learn how to be patient with your stressors, especially if they are your kids. It will definitely help your stress level.

"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." —George Addair

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