How to Overcome Stress?

In order to overcome stress, one should know where the stress comes from. Understanding what triggers stress and eliminating it can help one overcome stress.

We have all been there, biting off more than we can chew. There is nothing such as a stress-free life, but there are always ways that stress can be minimized so that it does not overpower your life. Stress is the pressure one feels when they are required to perform but cannot and can be severe enough that it hinders daily routine and even cause break downs and panic attacks. In small doses, stress is beneficial as it gives you that drive to push and strive, but in excessive amounts it can have a severe emotional toll.

Everyone has a limit of the amount of stress they can cope with and exceeding that limit can be detrimental to health. Most people can always work around stress or incorporate stress in their lives but some people have a lot of trouble with overcoming stress.

There are a many methods to overcoming stress but you should remember that it is not a ‘one size fits all’ deal. Everyone deals with stress differently and hence not every method will work for you. However, all you have to do is try and see which methods work the best and apply those in your life to reduce the amount of stress.

Here are a few methods that you can try:

Understand Your Triggers

In order to be able to overcome stress, you should understand where the stress is coming from. Sit down and see what your daily routine is and what is causing you the most stress. Is it your job? Is it the kids? Is it your home situation? There are many things that are often stressful, but try and understand what gives you the most pressure. Once you understand what is causing the stress, it becomes easier to eliminate stress.\

Control What You Can

One thing that everyone human learns the hard way is that they cannot always control everything. There are always things that are going to be out of your hands, and in situations like these it is best to let it be and not try to control them. What you can do instead is to try and control what you can. What you cannot, let them be!

Relaxation Techniques

Most stress often comes from an overworked schedule. These people are constantly working, if not at the office, at home. Too much work is one of the most common reasons for stress. Relax, take a break, put your feet up and do something that relaxes you. If you enjoying reading, read. You can also do meditation and pick up Yoga to help you relax. Relaxing also helps you put things in perspective and most often than not, it can help reduce stress.

Look at the Glass Half Full

Negative people are often more stressed out than positive people. Look for the silver lining in things and be positive. Goods things do happen to people who wait. Always look for the positive in a situation and if that is hard – sit down and make a Pros list for that situation. Focus only on the Pros, you don’t need more Cons in your life.

Take a Break

I don’t mean only from work, instead from your routine or life. Take a vacation, it doesn’t have to be a long one but maybe a weekend away. Breaking the cycle can often help you reduce the stress in your life.

Take Things off Your Plate

A lot of people keeping adding on to their plates, underestimating the amount of time they have on their hands. Check your schedule and allot specific time for things. If things don’t fit into this schedule, take them off your plate. You don’t always have to pile on, but instead take things off. Learn to say no and stand by your no. Don’t give in! If you don’t have the time for it, you simply don’t. In situations like these, it is best to prioritize what is important and then take things off accordingly.

Routine/Chaos

If you are the type of person who cannot work in a chaotic situation and work well when a schedule is set – well then set a routine. Create a strict schedule that plans your day and anything that is not on that schedule can be eliminated. However, for some people routines are the reason they have stress. They lives are so timed to the minute that the scenario can often become stressful. For people like these, break the monotonous cycle and do something unexpected. Make your lives a little chaotic.

Eat Properly

Eating properly is a good way to remove a lot of stress from your lives. Food affects our actions and our thinking capacity. Eating unhealthy food can often leave you hungry and cranky and can even lower your happiness. While, healthy foods can increase your energy and keep you feeling like going all day long.

Sleep

A full night’s sleep is also important as lack of sleep can leave you irritated, snappy and tired. A full nights of sleep keeps your brain energized and active, making it easier for you to take on the world!

Exercise

A good and healthy lifestyle often includes exercise. It is the best way to get your blood pumping and to clear your mind of anything else. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore session of sweat and weights. It can be as easy as taking a walk or a run around the block a few times. You can even simply do jumping jacks. Exercise can also help elevate your mood. If exercise cause more stress than solving it, you can also opt for something fun like dancing or aerobics or even swimming as long as your get your heart rate up.

Find Humor

In addition to looking at the positive side, it is also important to laugh. Laughing is known to have healing properties and there is no better way to rid of stress than laughing. Find a good comedy movie or a show or even call up that good friend who always knows how to make you laugh. Try to find the humor in situations that would normally not be funny.

Do Something Extra Ordinary

Break your cycle and do something that you haven’t tried before. Join a dance class, even if you have two left feet. Take up pottery or painting or learning an instrument. It doesn’t matter as long as you it is something that is new to you. This extra ordinary act will help release built up stress and change things up in your life.

Be Social

Getting out there and getting to know people is also a good way to overcome stress. Meeting new people and enjoying a good party can help ease your worries to the point where they don’t matter much anymore. These are brilliant for those pesky problems that you cannot control.

Get Help

Sometimes doing things on your own may not always work. In situations where things seem way out of hand, it is best to seek professional help. These therapists are trained to understand how your brain functions and can often help you pin point your stressor and can also help you eliminate these stressors.

Be Your Own Coach

Reward yourself if you manage to reduce stress even a little bit. As you keep progressing, tell yourself how amazing you are and how well you are doing for yourself. You will often realize that self-compliment is the best compliment you can get.

Stress only exists if you let it. It is how you shape it and how much power you give it. Don’t let it control your life, rather be the one who control it.

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