The typical day is accompanied by tiredness from work, traffic congestion, queries, and criticisms from clients, family, and personal responsibilities, among many others. Time will not stop and the hours of daylight will not increase. Career and family responsibilities will also continue. But you have more control than you think. Believing that you have control over your life is the foundation of stress management.
I’d love us to truly understand what stress is. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. Stress in simple terms is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand; stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. We’ll be looking at ways to overcome/manage stress.
“Calmness is the cradle of power”Josiah Gilbert Holland
Stress management begins by identifying the sources of stress in your life and it’s not as easy as it may seem. The real sources of stress are not always obvious. But looking at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors seems easy. Surely you know that you are constantly worried about job opportunities, financial efficiency, or impact. But maybe it is you who are causing stress and worry, not your supposed problem. Take a look at your habits, attitudes, and excuses to identify the true sources of your stress.
Here are some tips to overcome stress;
- Optimism: Having a positive attitude can nurture yourself and reduce stress in your life. If you regularly listen to your thoughts, it will be easy to challenge your negativities by replacing them with positive thoughts and activities.
- Rest: Nurture and nourish your soul and body, it’s a necessity, not comfort. Take time to rest. Include relaxation in your daily schedule, do not allow other things to interfere with your timing. This is the time to get rid of your day-to-day responsibilities and charge your battery.
- Set your standards: Have the right principles. Also, note that perfectionism is a source of stress. Do not consider yourself a failure to achieve the most perfect. Set “reasonable standards” for yourself and others, and learning is also good.
- Be grateful for good things: It doesn’t have to be a huge favor before you appreciate it. When you develop a mind of gratitude, there’ll be more things to look forward to from life.
- Smile more often, relieve someone of stress. Life gives back what you give out. Learn to be joyful!
Practice these tips daily and you’ll be glad you did.