Monday, 30 June 2014

Dealing With Stress

I'm the sort of person who stresses out a lot, keeps it all bottled up and then every so often I just explode. Luckily I have people around me who can sort-of put up with it, but it can be hard.

I think it's important to rationalise a situation before you start to feel stressed. Ask yourself if there is realistically anything you can do to change what's happening/is going to happen, and if there isn't then you have to accept that and let it be. Think about the situation logically and work out what steps you can take to avoid any dramas. If there is a solution - take control of it. Feeling in control is always helpful, but if there really isn't anything you can do then keep telling yourself 'what will be, will be'.

If there are a number of events coming up that you know will cause you to feel stressed, making lists can be really helpful. That way you can check off each stressful thing as it occurs, and keep looking back to see the stress you have overcome.

Put things in perspective. I'm not the sort person who believes that you can't have it bad just because someone else has it worse - but try to remember that in a lot of cases, it could definitely be worse. Remain positive, and tell yourself things will get easier. "There are better things ahead than any we leave behind." - C.S.Lewis.

Don't turn to unhealthy habits like smoking, drugs or excessive drinking - these things are not only bad for your general health but they add more stress to your life, creating money worries and affecting relationships with your friends, family and colleagues/peers.

Have some "me time" - as cliché as this sounds, simple relaxation time like a walk on the beach or a long bath can do wonders to de-stress your life and help you remain calm. Exercise helps too, as well as drinking enough water and getting all your vital nutrients. 

Talk to someone; a problem shared is not always a problem halved, but never feel like you're burdening anyone by talking to them. Most of the time, people will be happy to help and they might even come up with a solution that your stress blocked you from seeing yourself.

Hopefully these tips will help a few of you in any stressful situations; just remember that nothing lasts forever and things that seem absolutely HUGE now, won't matter in a few years.


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