Stress is a common factor in most people’s lives. Finances, relationships, work pressures, raising a family, meeting expectations are all common causes of stress. Whilst a small amount of stress can be helpful, if you experience consistent and prolonged levels of stress it can be very harmful to your health and wellbeing.
While there are many quick and easy stress management techniques you can use to improve your ability to cope better with stress, we’ve chosen 5 ways that you can implement now to make changes from today:
1. Make a choice not to stress
Stress is not something which has to be a part of your life. Stress is a feeling we generally get when we feel like we lack control of a situation or we are outside of our comfort zone. If we can take back control, then we can reduce stress.
Stress often results from an inability to manage your own thoughts, emotions, energy, and reactions to a certain situation. Other factors like the situation you’re in or the people you’re with may also impact on your stress levels. Realizing that you can control how you react to a situation is the first step towards changing the way you view things and your ability to take action to improve how you feel, think and act.
2. Manage your mindset
Try focussing on managing the factors that lead to stress and work on adapting to what is causing the stress.
Ways to do this include: reframing a problem to be more solution-focused, taking a more positive outlook rather than negative thoughts and reactions, dropping expectations or at least being realistic with expectations, avoiding perfectionism and setting more reasonable standards. Try to keep the big picture of a situation in mind and put the current situation in the perspective of your overall life. If we can alter the way we view stress and be mindful of how to approach it: keeping expectations and perspective in check, often a stressful situation becomes less.
3. Be more assertive
In addition to managing your mindset to reduce stress, you can alter the situation you’re involved with through the actions you take. Be open and calm about your emotions and feelings, don’t assume other people know how stressed you are feeling. Try being more assertive, rather than just saying “yes”, you may need to say “no” or you may need to ask for more time or help. Be assertive about what you need in any given situation.
4. Find your stress anti-dote
Dealing with stress can be hard. Meditation, yoga, a walk in the park, a chat with a friend, time in fresh air, listening to music or exercising can all help to reduce stress and bring more balance and wellbeing to your life. Find what works best for you and take the time out for this when you’re feeling stressed. Giving yourself permission to take this time can be difficult but necessary if you want to counter the effects of stress.
5. Just breathe
The way you breathe and the way you think are directly connected so by focussing on your breathing you can bring calm to any situation. When you breathe deeply and fully it enhances your ability to deal with complex and seemingly stressful situations. You may have noticed in the past when agitated, stressed or upset – your breath would have been short and shallow. Compared to when you are relaxed when the breath is deep, full, nourishing and calm. You can cultivate this peaceful easeful breathing at any time and calm the sympathetic nervous system and reduce stress.
About Lea Schodel:
Lea Schodel is the principal Wellness Consultant at The Modern Careerist.
Lea is a wealth coach, yoga teacher and passionate wellbeing advocate. As founder of the social enterprise Wellthy, Lea was named 2016 Money Management Young Achiever of the Year.
Based near Brisbane, Australia Lea works with an array of people from different backgrounds who are seeking support to create an authentic and purposeful relationship with wealth and wellbeing.
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