Manage Your Stress Before It Manages You
Managing a healthy balance between your stress tolerance and everyday stressors can be tricky. It is a balancing act that can be extremely easy one day and downright difficult the next. Regardless of how you deal with stress, it is important to keep tabs on how well you are doing by remembering these tips:
Manage your time
Time management is important to help and find time for fun things you like to do. It’s vital to determine what you need to do urgently and what can wait.
Look at your lifestyle
Your choices about how you live directly affect your stress level. Extremely hectic and demanding lifestyle can prevent your body from resting enough to recover from the stress it’s working hard to handle. You might be surprised at what surfaces when you ask these (sometimes difficult) questions:
- Do I have a sense of purpose in my life? Finding meaning in life is important to feeling successful.
- Do I have a fair balance between my personal, professional, and family life? You might be surprised at how you spend your time.
- Do I have healthy habits like exercising and eating healthy? Maintaining good health is a great way to handle stress.
- Do I get enough sleep? Rest is what your body needs to recover from stress.
It can be difficult to keep from focusing on the bad and not the good in some situations. Negative thinking can be destructive to your self-worth and make you feel frightened, depressed and insecure. Communicating how you feel or what you think in an uncomfortable situation can help you feel more in control and think positively about your ability to handle things.
When you experience stress, don’t be afraid to ask family, friends or community resources for assistance. If you need additional support, then consider reaching out to a counselor or therapist to get the help you need to stay healthy.
Taking charge and managing your stress before it manages you will help you feel more in control and prioritize new challenges that come your way. Be sure to visit Optima Health for more healthy-lifestyle information.