Don’t Let Stress Take Over You

Many people go through periods of increased stress in their lives. We are often stressed more than we should be. The good news is that there are ways to help manage stress. Read on for some such ways to manage your stress level.

If you procrastinate, you run the risk of increasing your stress levels without even realizing it. Even though most of us agree that we work best under pressure, the opposite is actually true. Are you actually doing your best when doing it at the last minute? The stress of having the extra pressure on your shoulders from the impending duty that you keep putting off automatically increases your stress level. Rather than procrastinating, complete your work as soon as you receive it in order to reduce your stress level.

A great way to reduce stress or to prevent it all together is to not worry about the little things in life. By worrying about every little thing that happens in your life, you are naturally increasing your stress levels and the pressure on yourself. A great practice to follow is to prioritize the things that are happening in your life by picking the few most important things you are going to worry about and the let the other little things happen. You can’t control or change everything in life, so by letting the little stuff go, you are also reducing your stress level.

When you feel overwhelmed or stressed, take a minute to close your eyes and visualize something calm. When you are stressed, take a minute and envision yourself relaxing in a soothing bath. Also try closing your eyes and visualizing yourself in a calm and familiar setting or doing something you enjoy.

Use lists for remembering things instead of depending only on your memory to give yourself a little bit of a break throughout the day. When we are overwhelmed with stress it’s harder to remember everything we need to take care of, so prepare for all that your day holds by making a list. Not only will the lack of having to recall details spare you stress but it will save you time as well!

In order to keep your stress level under control, it would be wise to make sure that you get a regular amount of exercise. This is important because exercise releases chemicals that work as natural tension release agents. As little as a half hour a day, a few times a week is enough.

Write down what is bothering you. Writing it down and seeing it on paper, will help to provide some perspective on what it is that is causing you stress. Divide your paper in half and on one side, list the stressors you can change and on the other side, list those that you can not change. Try to let go of the things you can’t change and try to fix the ones that you can change.

As this article has demonstrated, some easy, fast changes can be made to eliminate a portion of your stress. Now you’re ready to relieve your stress.