In Genesis 3:19, God told Adam that he would need to sweat before he eats. That implies that he would need to toil before he eats and labor comes with stress. So, stress is as old as man.
Though technology is making life easier, the average human goes through everyday stress. It is even worse when we are under pressure to do certain things and we start to feel out of control.
Though certain situations may seem very difficult, compounding our stress, there are some measures you can put in place to protect you from dangerous stress levels even as you tackle more challenges.
Below are some practical ways to prevent stress.
You need to identify the sources of stress in your life. It is often said the when you identify the root cause of a problem, solution will come. What is causing your stress? It can come in diverse ways. For instance, stress can spike when we either fail to meet challenges or when challenges overwhelm us. A demanding job can cause stress, but so does procrastination. Your habits, attitudes, values, and personal growth, or lack thereof, can cause stress when they fail to align with what is happening in your life. You need to make a conscious effort to fix the issue otherwise your stress levels will remain outside your control.
Experts believe that a stress journal can help you identify the source of stress in your daily life and help you understand how you deal with those sources. You can also use a stress tracker on your phone. With time, you will map out what you need to work on and how to make changes.
To tackle stress, you need to alter the situation by changing the way you communicate and operate in your regular life, talking about your feelings rather than stewing in silent emotions. Compromise to find a middle ground when others accept to make changes and have a balanced schedule to cater to all aspects of your life.
Also, adapt to the stressor by reframing problems and stressful situations to cater to you in productive and positive ways. Get some perspective about the stressor and focus your energy where it is productive. Compromise to find a middle ground when others accept to make changes and have a balanced schedule to cater to all aspects of your life.
To avoid and tackle stress, you need to have a better personal time management. This is because poor time allocation can activate stress. If you are running on limited time, you will not be able to stay calm or focused and you will resort to unhealthy coping to keep yourself together and your commitments. Avoid careless commitments, have your priorities straight, share responsibilities, and break down tasks into manageable steps.
More importantly, you need to learn to relieve stress immediately. Stress usually shows when it has lingered for a while from daily situations. Learn to get relief the moment a stressful event happens. Let it out!
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