People need to learn to cope with stress as it is something that cannot be avoided. People from all walks of life encounter stress on a daily basis—no matter who you are or what you do, stress will always be there.
I don’t believe there is a job in this world that doesn’t involve even the smallest amount of stress. For this very reason, people need to know just what they need to do to be able to live and deal without experiencing its detrimental effects.
Right Ways To Cope With Stress
If you don’t want to be reaping the negative consequences of your unhealthy stress management practices, then you should consider the right and healthy ways to manage and cope with stress. These ways may be a little difficult to follow through and may require a great deal of effort, they sure will bring permanent positive changes.
Managing your time wisely.
Being overscheduled and rushed can be a significant cause of stress. Plan your day ahead and make sure you have a time set for everything.
Focusing on the positive.
Throughout the day, stop and evaluate the endless stream of thoughts that run through your mind. If they’re negative, try to reframe those thoughts in a positive way.
Finding time for relaxation.
Set aside specific times to relax positively. Don’t just let relaxation happen, or not happen, at the mercy of work, family, etc. Different people prefer different things. A long bath, a quiet stroll, sitting and just listening to a piece of music, etc. These times are not wasteful, and you should not feel guilty about not ‘getting on with things’. They can be times of reflection and putting life back in perspective.
Connecting with people that matters.
Friends can provide resources that you may need when you’re caught in a problem. They can also lend supportive ear whenever there is something you need to vent out or express.
Physical activity can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress by increasing endorphins and lowering cortisol levels.
A healthy diet gives you the energy to handle daily stress, and keeps your blood sugar levels stable so you don’t experience mood swings due to low blood sugar levels. Skipping meals and making poor food choices can contribute to fatigue, greater susceptibility to illness, greater feelings of stress, and a general feeling of poor health.
Getting enough sleep.
Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.
Wrong Ways To Cope With Stress
There are a thousand ways to deal with stress. Unfortunately, some people deal with it wrongly. Although these ways can help relieve the immediate emotions related to stress, the relief they offer is only temporary. In fact, these coping mechanisms can even add more problems in the long run.
- Computer addiction
- Social withdrawal
- Drug use
- Violence or Hostility
Look at how you currently cope with stress. Are your coping mechanisms healthy? Or are they pushing you towards a dangerous cliff? If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to start employing the positive ways to cope with stress.