How to Deal with Stress
By, Paula Thomas
Stress seems to be part of our daily lives. We are so busy with everything that is around us that we forget how to relax and just let things go.
What are some things we stress about? Finances, work, and just everyday activities. Just think about it, parents are constantly taking their kids to some kind of activity. Leaving absolutely no time for relaxation.
So how are we going to deal with everyday stress?
First of all avoid caffeine and nicotine for they are stimulants and will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it. Alcohol is known to be a depressant, however, taken in large quantities it will act as a stimulant. Swap caffeinated and alcoholic drinks for water, herbal tea, and diluted fruit juices. Keep your body hydrated so that your body can cope better with stress. Also try to avoid or reduce your sugar intake. This can cause energy crashes which may lead you to feel tired and irritable. Try to eat a healthy well balanced and nutritious diet.
Indulge in Physical activity. Stressful situations increase the level of stress hormones. When you feel stressed and tense go for a brisk walk. Incorporate some kind of physical activity in your daily routine on a regular basis. You can do this either before, after work or at lunchtime. Regular physical activity will improve the quality of your sleep.
Get more sleep. A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. However, when stressed there are a lot of things going on in our head so keeping us from relaxing enough to sleep. Whatever you do don’t rely on medicine. Avoid caffeine before going to bed as well as excessive alcohol. Don’t do any mentally demanding work several hours before going to sleep. This way you can give your brain some time to calm down. You can also take a nice warm bath and read a book in order to relax your body. Do your best to forget about the things that worry you.
Try Relaxation Techniques. Each day try to relax with a stress reduction technique. There are many tried and tested ways to reduce stress so try a few and see what works for you. Talking to someone about how you feel can be helpful. It helps in a way where you will be distracted from your thoughts and releasing some of the built-up tension by discussing it. Talking things through can help you find solutions to your stress and put your problem in perspective.
Keeping a diary for a few weeks is an effective stress management tool. Note down the date, time and place of things that are going on. Note what you were doing, who you were with, and how you feel physically and emotionally. Give each stressful situation a rating. Use the diary to understand what triggers your stress and how effective you are in these situations. This will enable you to avoid stressful situations and develop better coping mechanisms.
Take control of your situations. Learning how to find solutions to your problems will help you feel more in control and thus lowering your stress level. Also Manage your time. Accept that you can’t do everything at once. So start to prioritize your tasks. When making a list of things that need to be done make sure you prioritize them. See what you can do yourself and then delegate the rest to others. This could be your spouse, kids or co-worker. Depending on the work that needs to be done. If the tasks don’t get done leave it for the next day. I’m sure it isn’t going anywhere. While you are at it learn to say NO. Many people find it hard to say no because they want to help everyone and are trying to be nice and want to be like.
Last of all, when you are not feeling well, take a rest. This will enable your body to recover faster. You will do no one any good if you try to do things while you aren't feeling well.
Meet the Author
Paula enjoys watching her grandchildren during the week. She loves the freedom she has to stay home and do that.
To supplement her income, she became an Arbonne Consultant. She has always loved using these products. They are consistent and have superior, botanically based products. The excellent skin care products give her skin a softness and glow each and every day.
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You can read Paula's Live Well Corner column on the 3rd Monday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.