Stressed-out? 25 ways to cut stress or stressful events in your life.
Cut Stress in Your Life
By Janet Wilson
The cause of stress can be good or bad. Follow these basic principles to help handle personal stress and business stress.
Stress is the body’s physical, mental, and chemical reaction to circumstances that frighten, excite, confuse, endanger, or irritate us.
The cause of stress can be good or bad. It can be a truck wheeling around a corner toward us, a move to a new home, loud music, a marriage or divorce, plus a host of other things such as a new person to date, trouble at work, or a meeting with potential in-laws.
Take charge of your life and follow these basic principles to help handle personal and business stress. Review this list periodically and add to it as you become aware of other ways to reduce stress in your own life.
What have you done to relieve stress in your life?
If you have current job skills, changes and lay-offs at work are not so stressful. You can take the attitude of an acquaintance of mine who takes work with a "Oh, well, I was looking for a job when I got this one. And I might be looking again." He knows his job skills are in demand.
10. Take care of your family and friends to reduce stress.
Having relationships in your life is less stressful.
11. Examine work habits to reduce stress.
If you are constantly stressed at work, examine your work habits. Maybe you are wasting time.
12. Drink water.
Consume 8-10 glasses of pure water daily.
13. Eat sensibly to reduce stress.
You are what you eat. I personally feel much better since I have eliminated red meat, whole milk, and most sugar from my diet. Maybe a similar diet change would help you, too.
14. Get quality sleep to reduce stress.
Sleep is an essential recovery mechanism. Sleep on your back or sides, not on your stomach.
15. Stop using drugs to reduce stress.
Stop smoking and avoid recreational drugs and alcohol. Remember that food is a drug, also.
16. Schedule time to reduce stress.
Allow enough time to reach the place or goal you wish without rushing.
17. Exercise regularly to reduce stress.
Take a vigorous walk, jog, or swim for an average of 20 minutes daily or 45 minutes three times a week.
18. Control your attitude to reduce stress.
About the only part of your life you can control completely is your attitude.
19. Be prepared to reduce stress.
Don’t stick your head in the sand. Being prepared stops stress in advance.
20. Think positive to reduce stress.
If something is stressful, make a list of every positive aspect of your situation. This doesn’t mean you should go through life as a Pollyanna, however. Then you will rarely, if ever, be prepared–see number 19!
21. Improve yourself to reduce stress.
Broaden your knowledge through reading, seminars, and self- improvement courses.
22. Live within your means to reduce stress.
Constantly overspending is definitely stressful.
23. Save money to reduce stress.
Having an emergency "nest egg" makes you less stressed.
24. Consider a career change to reduce stress.
Burnout can be very stressful. If that has happened to you, consider changing careers.
25. Handle stress now to reduce stress.
Putting off stressful events only makes them more stressful. Settle matters that are troubling you "as they occur." Procrastination usually leads to increased stress for me. And I feel so good when I don’t procrastinate.
Bonus: Choose quality friends to reduce stress.
It is important to have friends you can trust and be yourself with. Ask friends for help instead of being too self-reliant.