Stress is a normal part of life and can actually be beneficial. It can help you get through tough times and motivate you to try new things. But when stress becomes chronic or uncontrollable, it can have negative effects on your health. In fact, stress has been linked to everything from headaches and insomnia to heart disease and diabetes. Stress management techniques that address the root causes of stress can go a long way toward reducing its harmful effects.*
Don’t try to be perfect.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you’re feeling stressed, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if only your life was better organized and more perfect, then all of your stress would go away. The problem with this line of thinking is that it sets up an unrealistic expectation for how things should be–and when reality doesn’t match those expectations, it makes us feel worse. So instead of putting pressure on yourself by trying to achieve perfection (which is impossible anyway), focus on being kinder toward yourself and making small changes in how you think about things–for example:
- don’t worry about what other people think of you;
- don’t compare yourself with others;
- don’t feel guilty about making mistakes or not knowing something right away
Don’t take things so personally.
- Don’t take things so personally.
- It’s not about you, it’s about the other person or situation.
- Don’t let your emotions get in the way of rational thinking and problem solving.
Stay in touch with your emotions.
Staying in touch with your emotions is a good way to manage stress. It’s important not to ignore or bottle up emotions, but rather express them in a healthy way. If you feel angry or sad, don’t hold back–talk about it with someone who … READ MORE ...