What stresses you the most ?
For me it's a variety of things...from school, work, personal issues and money worries.
I'm a person that gets stressed out very easily so i had to learn how to cope with it & control it. It's not doing you any good if you are at work, hanging out with friends and family and at the end of the day you are worried and stressed about other concerns and issues. I have some advice that has helped me throughout the years, hopefully it does the same to you!
AVOID UNNECESSARY STRESS
- Learn how to say "no". I know it's hard but sometimes you need to think about yourself first.
- Take control of your environment. If certain people or actions from others make you mad or anxious simply avoid them.
ALTER THE SITUATION
-Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. Don't keep them to yourself! If something or someone is bothering you, communicate your concerns in an open and respectful way.
-Manage your time better. Not planning ahead and having poor time management can cause a lot of stress.
ACCEPT THE THINGS YOU CAN'T CHANGE
-Don't try to control the uncontrollable. Many things in life are beyond our control, don't try to control every event/action in your life because sometimes it's just not going to happen and that's ok. We can't control everything around us, it's crazy to think that we can. Be easy on yourself, and know that everything happens for a reason. I know it's hard to think this way but with practice this act will reward you with an overall wellbeing.
-Connect with others and do something you enjoy everyday. This is very important, socializing and surrounding yourself with positive and compassionate people will not only enhance a better mental health but will expand your mind to new opportunities enjoying it with positive vibes. STAY AWAY FROM NEGATIVE VIBES. Have you ever walked into an event, party or anywhere where you get this unwelcoming awkward vibe? I have, and it's the worst. Those are the kind of people you want to stay away from. It's easy, if you simply don't feel comfortable in the place you stand in, leave (Check out my article on "How to get out from uncontrollable situations").
ADOPT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
You have probably heard this in the past, it's so important and I still can't understand why more people are not Exercising regularly. Exercising has so many benefits, like releasing endorphins, which help by boosting your energy levels and being in a better mood (this alone should be a reason to exercise), By increasing your strength and flexibility it also helps for your muscles to not develop atrophy which is the loss of muscle mass and size. Also, exercising improves memory, increases self-confidence, reduces the risk of heart disease naturally, you sleep better and ultimately increases your life span! There's so many more benefits, I could go and on and bore you with details, just reward yourself and give your body what it needs... EXERCISE!
- Eat a healthy diet. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress, so be mindful with what you put in your body. Keep your healthy habits on check at all times. Reduce caffeine and sugar, the temporary "highs" caffeine and sugar provide often end with a crash in mood and energy. Same goes for alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Self-medication with alcohol and drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary and you might feel even worse the next day... Always be in control of your alcohol intake, and when it comes to drugs and cigarettes, avoid them completely from your life, it's not worth it... don't poison your body that way, love it and be kind to it.
How do you control your own stress?