We all have to handle stress at some point in our lives, some more often than others and the way we deal with it is completely different to each other. I can openly admit that I am not a very stressy person and can handle myself pretty well when things are falling apart or breaking down. That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t feel the raw emotion, it’s just that I have my own way of dealing with it and that’s absolutely fine. Stress, if not dealt with properly, can be very unhealthy for our day to day lives, fortunately, there are ways to handle it, to minimise the effect and to cope with it. Here’s my 5 tips on how to handle a stressful day…..
Find out what is making you stressed
Is it work? Is it home? Is it friends? Whatever reason is making you feel stressed, find the source that causes it. By doing this, it will ensure you are one step closer to getting things identified and taking some action to reliving stress. Once you’ve figured out what is causing you to get frustrated, you can make plans to target it and hit it from the bottom up. Promise you that once you’ve figured out the cause, it will be much easier to deal with.
Know what you can and can’t control
The truth is, you can’t control everything, so don’t try to. Define what needs to be prioritised and what can wait, then work from there. There things that you can control such as the time you finish work, how you want to spend your money, how to want to react to certain things, but don’t try and control things that are ultimately, uncontrollable – because this will cause more stress and make you feel as though you are helpless in the situation.
Manage the time you have
To-do-lists have always been my best friend, I wouldn’t know what I’d do without them. With lists, I am able to manage my time so much better and by doing one task at a time, it allows for greater attention to detail and more efficiency in your tasks. Don’t focus on how long the list is or the little time you have to complete the jobs, just do them one at a time and you will find that you become more productive and calmer.
Make sure that whatever you’re doing, you love what it is
This step is super important because if you don’t love what you do, how can you put 100% in to it? It’s also easier to manage stress levels when you are doing something you enjoy because whatever obstacles it throws at you, you will be able to overcome it. This is the same with hobbies, they do come and go, but if you find something you’re passionate about, loving it comes naturally and even when you do feel like you want to give up, remember why you started.
Disconnect from time to time
We all need a break from our busy lives from time to time and when you do stop, take a proper break. That means, no checking work related stuff and actually use the time to relax. Enjoy days off, have as many naps as you want, eat your favourite foods, book yourself a spa treatment – anything to take your mind off everyday stresses and just focus on you. Disconnecting doesn’t mean you’re running away from it all, it’s a well-deserved break from working too hard.
Hope this post helps any of you guys who deal with stress on a daily basis. If you have any other questions or recommendations, please drop me an email or tweet me (@rainingcakeblog)