How to Avoid Stress
Stress is a part of everyone’s life and can’t always be avoided. But you can try to avoid at least some of the situations that cause it and you can control how you react and respond to it.
Begin by knowing how you cope and your coping strategies. Keep a journal to record stressful events and how you responded and coped with the stress.
Once you know what causes your stress, begin making changes in your life to help you avoid those situations as much as possible.
Try these ideas:
- Manage your time so you have time for more of the things you want to do as well as the things you need to do. Keep a time management log to help you decide which items are urgent and what can wait.
- Change a part of your lifestyle. The choices you make about how you live can be contributing to your stress. For example, maybe you spend a big part of your time trying to juggle family, friends and work obligations. Look at how you spend that time. Could you get rid of some of your obligations? Maybe you could get your family to help out more at home? Or just see your friends once a week or so.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods, limit your alcohol consumption and don’t smoke. Exercise daily, even moderate exercise.
- Get enough sleep so your body can recover from the stress of the day. Keep a notepad or your cell phone by your bed to record what you are worrying about if your problems are keeping you awake.
- Build the support network in your life, including family, friends and people in your community.
Changing your habits to healthier ones, getting enough sleep and emotional support and learning to manage your time efficiently can go a long way in helping you to avoid stress.
How to Embrace Peacefulness in Your Life
Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. ~Joel Osteen
How we deal with stress can make a big difference in how peaceful our life is. Everyone has stress. It’s a part of life. The trick is to embrace ways of finding peace even when you are under stress. Here are some ways to do that:
- Choose to be happy.
- Learn to do away with the negative thoughts. Optimism is a positive outlook on your future, on how you view yourself and the world around you. Try to find the good in every situation.
- Practice being grateful. Gratitude means saying thanks for everything good in your life. Be thankful for the blessings in your life right now.
- Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything. Those things shouldn’t concern us. Don’t worry about the things you can’t change.
- Spend time meditating and listening to your inner self. Meditate for 20 minutes every day.
- Learn how much a smile means. Take the time to enjoy the little things. Don’t stress over breaking a dish. Instead, laugh it up. After all, it’s just a dish.
- Think beyond your life. Read about other countries and cultures. Realize the world doesn’t care about your problems. When you begin comparing your problems to bigger problems like tsunamis and earthquakes, you’ll begin to understand how small your problems are.
Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything
Care about others instead of being self-consumed. When you genuinely care about others, you will feel at peace. Show acts of kindness and goodwill to family and strangers alike.
- Keep hope that things will turn out for the best for you. Hope gives you a path to peace. Problems and difficulties are only temporary and will in time be just fine.
- Embrace whatever your beliefs are. Follow your faith 100%. Having a solid, healthy faith is essential to finding peace and wisdom. Research has shown that those who are deeply devoted to their faith have a higher life expectancy because they experience a greater amount of inner peace.
- Continue learning. Stress can come from our worries about not having all the answers. Accept you don’t know everything but you can always learn what you need or want to know about.
- Learn from others who have gone through what you facing. Have a mentor who can guide you, even if it’s just through their writings.
- Be in the present. Don’t continue to worry about something that happened in the past. That’s over with. And don’t worry about what is going to happen. It hasn’t occurred yet. Living in the present moment means there are no problems or concerns. You aren’t worrying about what might happen.
- Learn to forgive. Forgiving others can lift a weight off you that you didn’t know you were carrying. Not forgiving can lead to bitterness that is like a poison. It accumulates and builds within you. It’s impossible to be free and at peace when you are bound to a past mistake. The incident is long gone. Get over it.
How you think has a huge impact on how peaceful your life will be. Follow the previous steps to embrace peacefulness into your life.
What to Do Next
People who are stressed need a wide variety of ways to deal with it and to find ways to avoid being stressed. Stress can cause many emotional and physical problems if not dealt with quickly.
Whatever the cause of your stress is, the key is learning how to cope with it. You need to find out how you handle stressful situations by keeping a journal of how you feel and react.
The next step is to get support from others you trust.
Deal with your stress by using one or more of the natural remedies suggested throughout this report.
Finally, if the stress is too much for you to handle, get professional help. Talk to your doctor about what is going on in your life and get suggestions on how to combat it. Consider your pharmaceutical options and the many side effects before you say yes as a way to relieve your stress.
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