Stress Management: How to Adopt Healthy Coping Mechanisms
- 03 Dec 2018
Accept You Cannot Control Everything
Stress can often arise due to fear of the unknown. Rather than allowing it to consume your everyday life, it is better to accept that there are simply some events beyond your control. It is impossible to stop the inevitable, so stop trying and simply invest your energy in other areas of your life where it will be much more effective.
Train Your Body to Relax
Many people often reach for food or alcohol as a way to relax, but each can damage your mood. Instead, you must train your body to relax. For example, you should introduce deep breathing, meditation or muscle relaxation into your everyday routine. It will help you to remove tension from your body, provide mental clarity, and to develop a more positive mindset.
Set Time Aside for Fun
In addition to attempting different relaxation techniques, you also should regularly make time for a little fun alone or with your loved ones. So, go for dinner with your friends after a stressful day, play a game at Unibet on the commute into work, or go to the movies with your other half. It will provide you with a healthy form of escapism from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Maintain a Positive Mindset
The way you think can determine your daily mood, stress levels, and behavior. If you have a negative mindset, you will be unable to see the many positives in a situation, which can make an event or problem much more stressful than it needs to be.
A positive mindset could, therefore, offset a difficult situation, and you could potentially find a solution for a problem at a much faster rate, which could quickly eradicate stress from your life.
Learn How to Say No
Your inability to say “no” could lead to you adding more tasks onto your to-do list than you can handle. If you are struggling with stress, it is essential you focus on chopping down your workload, rather than adding to it. That is why you may need to learn to say ‘no’ to people who ask for your help. The Muse can give some guidance on this.
Saying no to a friend, relative or colleague will not hurt their feelings, and they more than likely will not want to increase your workload if they know you are struggling. Simply state you have too many jobs to perform, which is why you cannot help them, as it is important to care for your own needs first before you help someone else. You cannot hope to be there for others and give your all if you fail to look out for number one. Putting yourself first will mean you can help others, eventually, and have a more balanced approach to how you do so.