We all deal with stress in our daily life. Can we do something to deal with stress or prevent it from affecting us in the first place? Find these tips for dealing with stress in your daily life…
Stress is a constant reminder of the speed of our life. A little stress from time to time is good for us as it causes us to expand in our capacity and helps us explore areas that we wouldn’t normally do. However, a lot of chronic stress can be literally killing you.
According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. If you feel chronically stressed then follow these tips to take control back in your life.
1-Step Out of the Stressful Situations:
It is not a shame to take a step back and step out of the situation that is causing stress. The solution is not a fight more and go for a straight hit but yield for a moment and step out of the stressful situation. This is easier said than done as many of us have been taught to fight back and stand our ground. It is harder for us to take a step back and recoup our resources and strength. Taking some time off from stress is not only smart but will also help you accomplish more as you will be able to see the bigger picture.
Do your favorite activity during your time off. This will help take your mind off of the problem and repeating thoughts would be replaced by new thoughts. The mind can’t have two different thoughts at the same time
Talk to your friends and your family, play with your dog, go shopping, watch your favorite movie, listen to your favorite song, watch your old vacation photos, doodle or whatever helps you relax.
2- Seek Shelter in Your Body:
Your body is your friend. It is where you can seek a safe shelter. Keep it well and it will assist you in your times of need.
Treat your body as your friend in times of need and it will respond back. Come back to the primal physical senses and take shelter there away from the modern fast-paced life. You will feel grounded and rested from the mental chaos. While our mind has been constantly evolving and acquiring new information and adapting, our bodies have a way to hold us right in the present moment. Find your way to connect with your own body. Some people find that in exercise, some find it in walking, running, swimming, resting, eating your favorite food, sleeping, cycling, meditation, and yoga are some of the many ways to connect with your body and get out of your mind.
3- Pre-Emptive Elimination of Stress:
There is nothing like being able to simply create a way of living that doesn’t accumulate stress. When you learn a way of living where you recognize the stressors in your life and work to address them preemptively. This is a compelling approach, along with the other strategies discussed previously to completely eliminate the bad stress from your life.
Much of our stress is a result of worrying. That is the habit of thinking about all the bad stuff that can happen in our future. None of that has really happened but we are worried that it might happen. In the process of worrying, we are actually helping manifest the said outcome due to the phenomenon called ‘Self-fulfilling prophecy”.
When you learn to have a relaxed state of mind and learn how to manage your habit of worrying by trusting in a greater plan then you start to stress less and less. As you start to trust the process and start to trust your plan to get to your ultimate goals. You work your best to complete every step in the process and enjoy the journey. That is actually a powerful way to accomplish more and become more productive. Take micro-breaks when doing a stressful activity, simply remember to stretch from time to time, develop the habit of thinking positive and you will build a bullet-proof system of dealing with stress in your life.