Stress in and of itself is a challenging symptom to measure, as everyone is affected slightly differently than others. Some feel stressed from the slightest change from their set daily routine, others thrive on continuous changes and a busy lifestyle.
Most seem to fall somewhere in-between, but develop periods of tension when stress levels increase. However, it is important to identify the causes of stress in one’s life, so as to keep tension and anxiety levels at a low and to prevent stress symptoms from arising.
Common causes of stress range from work to relationships, life changes to environmental factors, as well as self-generated stress. Anything that is out of our control is increases our stress and anxiety levels, only causing additional unwanted symptoms.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
To combat stress and get control of your life, think about using these techniques to help adjust your negativity and unhappiness.
1. Positive self-talk
Try to use positive self-talk within your head. Statements such as: “I can do this”, “We can work it out”, or “Things will work out in the end”, help to distill the negative intrinsic self-talk that often happens within our heads.
When we use negative self-talk, we are increasing our stress instead of controlling it and calming ourselves down.
If you catch yourself using negative self-talk, find a way in which you can turn that talk back-to-front to make it positive and meaningful.
2. Emergency Stress Stoppers
From home, to work, to school- stressful situations occur because of poor communication, everyday hassles, and unplanned situations. Using emergency stress stoppers when situations like the above arise will help you to deal with stress right on spot.
Examples of emergency stress stoppers include counting to 10 before speaking, taking a few deep breaths, going for a walk, meditating, etc.
3. Finding pleasure
When stress starts to drag you down, consider doing something good for yourself to find a natural and positive way to fight the stress. Even if you are down and out, you can still find pleasure in the simple things, such as: going for a drive, walking your dog, calling an old time friend, or reading a good book.
Try to do at least one thing you enjoy every day, even if you can only do it for a short period of minutes.
4. Daily relaxation
To relieve stress, try relaxation to calm the mind and bodily tension. Often we think of relaxation as sitting down in front of the TV or computer, when actually this can increase our tension and has no way of relaxing our mind.
Instead, try yoga, tai chi,, meditation, or deep-breathing – all which find a positive balance between relaxing the mind and body.
In life, we will always have those times which cause stress and anxiety that is severe and often difficult to cope with. If you find your stress is very burdening and too hard to combat, see your physician.
Further treatments, such as anxiety management counseling or medication, may be the more appropriate solution to help combat your stress.