Life is full of stressors. And you would stop personal stress if you could… but it’s out of your control, right?
When you are stressed, you don’t function at your full potential. But where does that stress come from?
These are the top 5 sources of stress according to The American Psychological Association:
- The economy
- Family responsibilities
- Personal health concerns
And we deal with these almost every single day. You can’t eliminate the source of personal stress… but you can begin to change how you react or respond to things.
To learn more about another form of stress, commuter stress, see today’s infographic: 6 Ways to Reduce Commuter Stress.
Are You Stuffing It Away
Wishing stress away or ignoring the sources doesn’t make it go away. I know, I’ve tried. I put aside the things I don’t want to deal with, perhaps secretly hoping they will resolve on their own. Nope, this never happens. And worse, in the back of my mind, or subconscious, I still worry about them. Then, when something else begins to cause me stress, I blow. I become an irrational, screaming fool. That’s how stuffed stress manifests itself with me. Your reaction may be very different.
Change How You Look at Stress
Things don’t happen to you- they just happen. Instead of taking everything as a personal attack or conspiracy, acknowledge that it is what it is. I know, this isn’t easy. You have to retrain your brain. And this takes some work and time.
Be Grateful and Think Positive Thoughts
One way to do this is to spend two minutes a day for 21 days writing in a gratitude journal. You can read why and how here.
Here are five more ways to de-stress your life.
Turn Your To-Do into a Ta-Da!
If you aren’t managing a to-do list, you must. It helps keep you focused on the right activities. It provides a map and creates some sense of order.
Your list needs to be realistic. Don’t cram too many action items on your list. If you don’t accomplish them all, you are likely to feel disappointed. And you know what that leads to…stress.
Think about what you can delegate. What can you do to simplify your day so you don’t have to make as many decisions. Focus on what absolutely has to get done that day.
The most important thing to remember is to celebrate, or at least recognize, your accomplishments. Add this to your gratitude journal or do the happy dance. Positive reinforcement makes you want to continue to do things, especially those you may not enjoy doing.
More Tips to Help You Stop Stressing
In the infographic below by OfficeVibe, there are these proven suggestions to help you combat personal stress:
- Eat right
- Get enough sleep
- Use a stress ball
- Go outside during a break
- Eat away from your desk
- Be a mentor
- Say good morning
- Compliment someone
What You Need to Know about Stress
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