It’s easy to get caught up in stress, whether it be from your job or something more personal. It’s one thing we would all prefer to avoid if we could, right?
The first step is identifying the cause of this feeling and then coming up with a plan on how you can combat it.
One unhelpful coping mechanism I find that people often turn to when they are stressed out is unhealthy habits like drinking too much alcohol or smoking cigarettes.
Sure it helps in the moment but will not help you long term, if I’m being honest you are avoiding the problem.
Building emotional strength by being in control of what happens around you and having a good social network has shown time and time again a positive contribution towards managing stress levels.
Adopting these healthy behaviours will help you ward off any negative thoughts and their effects!
If you’re struggling under heightened stresses you will benefit from my reminders below:
1. Take control
If you remain thinking, ‘I can’t do anything about my problem’, your stress will get worse. That feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of wellbeing. The act of taking control is in itself empowering, and it’s a crucial part of finding a solution that satisfies you and not someone else.
2. Practice breathing exercises
Focus on your breath, pushing all other thoughts aside. Be conscious of the breath coming in and going out; focus on the sensation of inhaling and exhaling.
3. Connect with People
A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your work troubles and help you see things in a different way. If you don’t connect with people, you won’t have support to turn to when you need help.
4. Express your feelings
Write your stress away in a journal, take out your coloured pencils and paper and focus your concentration on drawing, or have coffee with a trusted friend and let it all out.
5. Challenge yourself
Setting yourself goals and challenges, whether at work or outside, such as learning a new language or a new sport, helps build confidence. This will help you deal with stress.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life.
It really is all about how you deal with it and each situation you are presented with.