As we approach the home stretch of year end processing, it’s a great time to practice stress management techniques. Whether reducing stress was on your list of resolutions this year or not, practicing the following tips, courtesy of our friends at webmd.com, will help you through the next few weeks with your sanity intact!
Here are some stress-management tips that may help you feel better – and less stressed – every day:
- Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
- Keep a positive attitude; rather than defaulting to negatives (”Nothing goes right for me,” or ”Bad things always happen to me”), give yourself positive messages (”I’m doing my best,” or ”I’ll ask for help”).
- Halt stress in its tracks; if you feel overwhelmed, take a walk or drive in the slow lane to avoid getting angry at other drivers.
- Manage your time. Give yourself time to get things done; set your watch so you have more time to prepare for an event.
- Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
- Do things that are pleasurable, like reading or gardening.
- Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect. Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.
- Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
- Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress..
- Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
We may not be able to control stress, but we can manage it. Try to incorporate some of these tips in your daily routine for a more peaceful and less stressful life.