Stress builds up. The key to stopping this from appearing is to be proactive at mitigating it. Here’s you can find some stress-free living tips.
Nobody reaches breaking point overnight unless it involves the death of someone close to them. For most other situations where you’re stressed out because of work or a cumulation of multiple issues – it always takes time to reach your breaking point.
There are signs all along the way to alert you to what’s building up. We often neglect these signs and carry on until we reach the ‘boiling point’ and feel like we’re going to explode.
You must assess the situation. It’s usually less dire than it appears to be in most cases. We often tend to amplify worst-case scenarios in our imagination and act as if these situations have come to pass.
Make a list of exactly what is stressing you out. Is it the bills? Or your weight? Work commitments? The car? The spouse? The kids?
Once you list all the triggers for your stress, now you have it all on paper to refer to. It’s essential to get out of your own head.
What’s Within Your Control?
Look at the list you have, which are the problems within your control. If it’s the bills, then you need to pay them off. As difficult as this may be, there are still solutions to this problem depending on your financial situation.
However, if the company you’re working for is suffering losses and you’re worried that you may be retrenched, this situation is out of your control. You’ll need to stop worrying and start making plans for what you’d do should you be let go from your job.
Focus on the problems you can solve and mentally detach from those out of your control. Worry doesn’t take away tomorrow’s problems; it takes away today’s peace.
What Do You Need to Do?
Once you know what you can control, you need to plan to do something about it. If it’s the bills, then call up your debtors and structure a payment plan that’s within your ability. At least you’re making an effort, and that does buy goodwill with those you owe.
If it’s your health, make a diet plan and gradually change your diet. Move more and exercise daily. It’s all within your reach. You don’t need to do a lot at once. A little daily will add up to massive changes over time.
Just get started chipping away at your problems, and you’ll feel better because you know these problems will be resolved.
Urgency VS Importance
Always get the urgent tasks done first. You don’t want them bouncing around in your thoughts constantly. Get them out of the way, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable they may seem.
Once you’re done, you’ll feel an immense sense of relief, and less energy needs to be expended thinking about them. You can then move on to the important tasks.
Three Important Stress-Free Living Tips-Delineate… Delegate… Discard
To reduce, you must be clear about what’s bothering you. This is delineation. Please write it down and assess the situation thoroughly.
Do what you can and delegate what you can’t. If the chores are too overwhelming, get your spouse or kids involved and share the chores out. Everybody does their share, and you’ll not be biting off more than you can chew.
Discard what you’re worried about but have no control over. If you’re religious, spend time in prayer and let God move in his mysterious ways.
If you’re not religious, focus on what you can do and let what’s beyond your sphere of control sort themselves out while you hope for the best.
Once you take a proactive approach towards stress instead of a reactive approach, you’ll be able to catch back the direction of your life and bring about balance in it.
Achieving personal satisfaction in your life is not about avoiding stress completely. The kite rises against the wind. So, you have to encounter stress to progress and achieve satisfaction in your life. However, you do not need to be buried in it.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt.