Too much stress can cause health problems.
Are the following phrases familiar to you?
“It drives me crazy!”
“I’ve had it up to here!”
“I can’t take it anymore”
“I have a lot on my mind …”
“I’m not feeling myself lately…”
“This has been getting on my nerves for too long.”
“I have it up to here… I feel like snapping someone’s head off!”
“My head’s about to explode. I need to get out of here.”
Have you said at least one of them in the last couple of weeks?
Well, you are not alone. Sometimes the pressure of work, family, etc. can be too much to handle.
I know this because, as a doctor, I interact with a lot of people. 99.9% of them are stressed out of their minds.
When you feel this way, it’s hard for you to enjoy life… but what’s worse is that your body has a tougher time healing and getting better.
So, because I want you to have the best year of your life, I will give you seven personal tips on how to tackle stress:
1. Find the trigger of stress.
The best way to solve any problem is to know what causes it in the first place.
That’s exactly why you should keep a record of what situations make you stressful.
This is the best way for you to understand what is the trigger of your stress and find ways to banish it out of your life.
2. Learn to relax.
Not carving a designated time for relaxation in your schedule can prove devastating.
Your body and mind need a restart from time to time.
Sleep helps too, but conscious relaxation will also give you positive feelings.
For example, you can draw or solve a puzzle, read or even meditate.
3. Manage your time carefully.
When you stick to a watertight schedule you get to enjoy:
- Reduced stress
- Regulated amount of work
- Less anxiety
- Better planning
Routine is not always bad, actually, it can make your life easier.
When you have good habits and stick to them, your sense of self-worth will instantly rise. Not to mention how in control and productive you will be.
4. Reduce demands on yourself.
Having too much on your shoulder can prove very damaging to both your mental and physical health.
That’s why it is OK to say “No” when you have too much on your plate.
Make sure you always have free time to cope with the unexpected.
Also, carve some time for pleasurable activities. This way, you will have something to look forward to when life becomes a struggle.
5. Practice assertiveness.
This communication skill helps you stand up for yourself and others in a calm, positive way (without being aggressive).
By choosing to be assertive, you will be able to get your point across without upsetting others or yourself in the process.
6. Keep your health in check.
When stress diminishes, your health increases. Poor health can also become the biggest source of stress.
However, you should see immediate improvements if you follow basic healthy lifestyle habits like:
- Regular physical exercise.
- Healthy and nutritious diet.
- Avoidance of excess stimulants (caffeine, nicotine, alcohol).
- Enough sleep.
7. Seek support from others.
Problems shouldn’t be dealt with alone.
Sometimes, you can get caught in your emotions and not take the best decision. To avoid this from happening, find someone trustworthy to whom you can confide in.
In this way, a lot of the pressure will be taken off of your shoulders.
What do you think of these tips?
Do you know other ways to reduce stress?
Don’t just keep it to yourself, let me know in the comments below.
If life has you stressed out again, improving your health and life is my ultimate goal.
To your health!