Stress Management

Stress is a natural part of life and it’s something that we all experience from time to time. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and out of control, it can be difficult to manage. Stress affects your mental health, physical well-being, and relationships with others. Moreover, chronic stress can cause you to feel overwhelmed, exhausted and even physically ill. Learning how to manage your stress can help you live a happier and healthier life. Here are some ways on how you can start managing your stress today!
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Identify the sources of your stress

While there is no universal stress management method, one way to reduce your stress and anxiety is to identify the causes of your stress. Try to figure out what situations, thoughts or feelings are contributing the most to your stress levels. In the case of feeling overworked and overwhelmed, knowing the root cause of your feelings and thoughts can help you stop blaming others, evaluate your choices, and make better decisions moving forward.
Lack of sleep, eating a diet that’s not on point, spending too much time on your computer or phone, drinking too much, or not getting enough exercise can all lead to more stress. Which of these can you relate to?

Set boundaries

You may think that setting boundaries is about being tough, telling someone "not to talk to me." It's not. Setting boundaries is all about giving yourself permission to be you. You may be afraid of hurting people's feelings or of being viewed as a difficult person. However, it's more important to avoid becoming resentful and overwhelmed than it is to give into your anxiety. You may find that making the decision to not participate in an activity can give you the opportunity to reflect on why you're feeling anxious or if the activity is contributing to your anxiety. Being able to clear your head by sitting on the sidelines can allow you to be proactive and proactive about the changes you want to see in your life.

Mindfulness and meditation

If you aren't a fan of exercises or physical challenges that increase your heart rate, then you may want to look into meditation. There are many different forms of meditation and different ways to do them. By learning how to manage stress, you can change your thought patterns, which are known to play a large role in the development of stress.
Meditation has been found to lower blood pressure, improve mood, increase focus, reduce procrastination, and help you relax. Meditation has many benefits. It's important to get started with a practice that is safe and easy to follow. To manage your stress, you need to take some time for yourself.

Ways to prioritize yourself

A major part of stress is the constant juggling of priorities. When you have too many things to do, there is always some things that you will not be able to get to and will be pushed back even further. It's important to keep your priorities in order and decide what things are the most important for you. A great way to prioritize your time is to set goals for yourself. Ask yourself, "How do I want to feel?" "What do I want to do?" "What is important to me?" Once you determine what you need to get done, put everything else on hold and prioritize your goals. You will feel so much better about yourself and will be able to meet your most important obligations. Chronic stress can cause you to feel an overwhelming amount of emotions, such as anger, sadness, and depression.

Find meaning in what you do

Some women find that they are not satisfied doing what they do at work. Often this is because they don't feel like their work has any meaning or purpose. When you find something that you enjoy, you are more likely to do it well and do it with passion.
Be purposeful about taking care of yourself.
People who take care of themselves are generally healthier and happier. Having a healthy and balanced diet, practicing good sleep hygiene, exercising regularly and getting plenty of exercise is important to maintaining your mental and physical health. It also helps to have hobbies that you enjoy so that you can relax and de-stress after a hard day. It is also very important to take time to nurture yourself so that you don't feel neglected and allow yourself to burnout.

Create a plan for self-care

Make sure to make time for you. When your stress is out of control, your self-care can suffer. You may feel guilty for not seeing your friends or family as much as you would like, but creating a schedule for self-care is essential to your health. To make sure you have self-care time, designate specific times for your self-care to happen. Keep a calendar and commit to one time each week. Consider taking a hot bath or relaxing on the couch with your favorite TV show or movie.
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