Are you unable to manage work and family life simultaneously? Are you having concentration problems? Do you feel overburdened with the tasks entrusted to you? Do you want to run away from life’s problems? Is your personal life at home falling apart? Are you and your spouse at daggers with one another most of the time? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be under stress. Look no further, in this short article, I will tell you exactly how to deal with it.
What You’re Doing Wrong
- Do you take relaxation drugs?
- Do you keep troublesome thoughts bottled in for a long time and then suddenly lash out at someone without any reason?
- Do you use sleep as an excuse to escape life?
- Do you procrastinate?
- Do you binge-eat fat foods?
- Do you stare at the television or computer screen for hours?
Then, my friend, we have a crisis. While these temporary solutions help you to find peace for a short time, it won’t be long before you have to face the problems square in the face.
Step #1: Identifying the Source of Stress
- What is stressing you out?
- Is it because many small things have piled up and have become a big mess now?
- Is it something big, which has affected your ability to handle small situations?
- Could it be because you haven’t taken a break for so long and now you’re angry about it?
Take a paper and write down what bothers you, what twists your stomach and makes you feel sick. After careful pondering and pinpointing the cause, you can jump to step #2.
Step#2: Manage Time Well
Most of the time, mismanagement and forgetting to do some tasks causes a person to become stressed. However, this is nothing to worry. Buy a small notepad and keep it with you all the time. Write down a task someone assigns you or something that you have to do for yourself. Also, note down the estimated time that the task will take you to finish. In this way, you will know where all your time goes. Cross out a task once you have completed it. You will then feel a sense of satisfaction for finishing what you started!
Step#3: Exercise or Meditate
Do you ever feel like your head is going to explode with all the problems and worries? Then that is the time for you to go for a run, to do some pushups, or just simply meditate. If you make exercise or meditation a part of your everyday routine, you will identify a positive change in your life.
Many people complain about the difficulty of meditating, but it just requires practice. Meditation is part of yoga. To meditate, you sit in a quiet place with your back straightened and your eyes closed. You slowly allow every muscle of your body to relax except the muscles of head, neck, and back. Focus all your energy and thoughts on your breathing, listen to it. If your thoughts try to infiltrate your mind, bring yourself back to the present. Give it a shot today!
Step # 4: Diet and Sleep
The food you eat and the time at which you sleep greatly affects your mood and affect how you feel. A healthy diet includes the following items:
- One portion of protein intake (eggs, meat, fish)
- Replace white bread with brown bread
- Add oatmeal and whole-wheat cereal to your diet
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day
- Have dairy products in a considerable amount (cheese, yogurt, butter)
- Avoid caffeine and sugary foods (including store brought chocolates and chips)
- Try to cook everything at home instead of opting for frozen foods
- Daily intake of Fresh fruits and vegetables (as much as you can eat!)
A person needs 8 hours of sleep every day. However, staying up until 2:00 am and waking up at 10:00 am is not the right way. In this way, even if you complete the 8 hours required you would still feel tired and lazy all day. The best way to sleep is at 10 pm or 11 pm. After which when you finally wake up after 8 hours you will feel fresh and ready to take over the next day!
Step#5: Call a friend
“Sometimes talking to your best friend is all the therapy you need.” Your friend should be your solace, the one who calms your soul and listens to your drama, your worries, and your fears. If you have someone like this in your life, it’s time to give him or her a call or arrange a meeting! They will surely help you find your peace and calm.
The above suggestions and ideas are tested and proven to help people cope up with stress. However, if you still feel unable to take charge of your life and manage it properly, it’s time you take help from a professional. Taking stress makes you age faster so do not take it lightly!
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