Some stress is just a fact of life. Keeping that in mind, there is no reason why one should let stress get out of control. Keeping stress limited to a small factor in your day, rather than a large one, is part effort and part attitude. The following are some excellent tips for nipping stress in the bud.
Meditation can be a great way for you to relieve stress. Try meditating each night before you go to bed. Turn off anything around you, close your eyes, and clear out your mind. Don’t think about things you need to get done or problems that you need to solve. Just let your mind relax for a little while and focus on each breath. If your mind starts wondering, just bring it back to your breath. Shutting off your brain takes practice, but each practice session is working off your stress.
Rate your stress level on a scale from 1-10. Using this scale, one would be small problems and ten would be major issues. If you do this, you won’t stress over the little things.
In order to keep your stress level under control, try writing an extremely graphic or obscene letter on paper that releases all of your aggression verbally. Many people feel better after making sense of it by writing it out. Write as though nobody will ever read it, and write as vividly as possible. Destroy it thoroughly afterward.
Write down what is bothering you. Writing it down and seeing it on paper, will help to provide some perspective on what it is that is causing you stress. Divide your paper in half and on one side, list the stressors you can change and on the other side, list those that you can not change. Try to let go of the things you can’t change and try to fix the ones that you can change.
Do not constantly talk about “stress.” If you continue to tell yourself that you are stressed, chances are you will be stressed. Thinking about or saying the word causes you to think about it, so try to think of other things and not dwell on the stresses in your life.
If you have extra time to spare grab a pencil or pen and start drawing or doodling on a piece of paper. This will tap into your creative side and let your mind wander alleviating the stresses that you may have. Draw a picture or random designs to help feel better.
Although it may seem incredibly silly, the very act of counting to ten slowly can really help you to clear your head and allow you to move past the stress. If you think that there is no way that this could help you out, you should give it a try.
Making the effort to keep stress as a minor annoyance, instead of a major one, takes time. Tuck these tips away for a time when you’re experiencing stress, and then you’ll feel more in control of your feelings. Don’t let stress take over your life; use these tips to deal with it.