Published in Mar 2020 / Updated in Apr 2021
In today’s day and age, stress seems natural as if it should form part of our life. Everyone that you meet today will tell you how stressed they are in their career, their relationship or, probably a big one, their finance. No one shares ways to deal with stress.
Yes, stress is part of our daily life, but we can not ignore the fact that prolonged stress can lead to high blood pressure, depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse.
Let’s look at four simple ways that can assist you in dealing with stress.
Stressful situations that will occur
If you are someone that likes to plan, a planner, you will plan things to the smallest details. Unfortunately, you do not have control over every little aspect of your life.
You can not control when you get sick when your car will break down, or even something as small as bumping your little toe against the coffee table. Yes, you can argue that there are ways to control all these situations.
The main thing is that you will land in stressful situations. Do not let this get you down. Take a breath and analyze the situation; there is always a way to deal with the situation. If you find no way to deal with it, get some help from someone close to you. Start using this simple way to deal with stress.
Listen to positive affirmation
Talk to yourself often. Talk to people about how you feel and what is bothering you. Do not stop at talking; start opening your ears and listen.
Listen to positive affirmation. Listen to what your loved ones are telling you. Start changing your inner dialogue from a negative “I can not deal with this situation” to a positive “this is not so bad, this will not get me down”. Start dealing with your stress.
Manage your time
Time management is an overused concept of managing your time effectively. Most of us do not have the correct tools or knowledge to manage our time effectively. Ineffective time management will cause you to stress.
Start small to deal with this stress. Start by setting your alarm every day for the right time, stop snoozing over and over. Get up when your alarm goes off and start your day.
In making this small change, you will immediately be able to manage your time for the day a little better.
Find your joy
Stress should not get you down; it should not take joy from you. Happiness is a choice, and you shouldn’t allow fear to take that from you.
Start today by smiling, by looking at yourself in the mirror and be proud of what you see. Look at the mirror and tell yourself that you have got this.
You are going to be happy, you are going to listen to positive affirmations, you are going to manage your time, and you will accept that stressful situations will occur. Start using the ways to deal with stress today, one small step at a time.