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We all get stressed. Sometimes it can feel like there is no way to avoid it or overcome it, but that’s not true. Knowing how to cope with stress can dramatically improve your life and is achievable through just a few simple lifestyle changes. Whatever the situation and whatever the cause of your stress, it is important to remember that you are in control. Take charge today by learning 4 tips for coping with stress.
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4 Tips for Coping with Stress
1. Identify and eliminate the causes of unnecessary stress.
Take some time to step back from your problems and analyze them as objectively as possible. Chances are there will be a number of stressful problems that can be removed almost immediately. Don’t take on challenges too great or too demanding of your time, and don’t willingly enter into situations you know to be stressful.
You shouldn’t avoid important aspects of your life just because they may stress you out, but rather learn to identify situations which aren’t worth stressing about. If you know a person who makes you stressed, avoid seeing them as often. If walking through a busy part of town makes you anxious, take a different route. Highlight areas of your life which are needlessly stressful and eliminate them.
2. Change the things that cause you stress.
Once you’ve identified the stressful aspects of your life which are unavoidable, you can set about changing the situation to suit you. If a work colleague who you have to see every day is a major cause of stress, learn to communicate your issues clearly, either directly to them or to senior management. The key to changing the causes of stress is facing them head on. You may have to compromise on some issues but don’t be afraid to be bullish and resolute in getting your opinion heard.
3. Modify the way you react to causes of stress.
If you’re unable to fully change the cause of your stress, then you may have to change the way you look at it. Try giving the problem the most positive spin possible by coming at it from all angles. If you’re stressing about not being perfect, learn to accept that sometimes you don’t have to be.
Perspective is a great calming influence. Think about what impact the problem will have on your life in several years to come – often the answer is very little. Generally, nothing that will be forgotten in two years’ time is worth stressing over.
4. Learn to live with the unavoidable or unchangeable.
Sometimes life delivers you something that you cannot change or avoid. At these times you must learn to mentally detach yourself from the situation. It is out of your hands and, therefore, is nothing to stress about. Accepting something for what it is is never easy, but sometimes it is the only route to peace. Instead of worrying about that which you cannot change, take a moment to be thankful for all the good things you do have. Take some time to relax. Spend an evening with family or friends and let your hair down. Once again, perspective is key.
Stress can seem insurmountable at times, but knowing that we all hold the key to lightening the load is imperative to leading a happy and stress-free life. If you are struggling to find the upside and can’t shed that stressful feeling, just remember you are never alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling to cope. Family, friends, or medical professionals are just a phone call or message away.