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How to Handle Stress Better

Are things becoming too stressful around work? Is it beginning to affect your health and well-being?

Constant stress may be devastating to your mind and body. Not to mention the effect it has on your relationships, as too much stress can affect your mood and how you deal with other people.

If your stress levels are causing these types of problems and are taking a toll on your health, then it may be time for you to learn how to handle stress.

Here are a few tips on handling your stress levels better:

 

Set Your Priorities Straight

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You will spend most of your time and energy on the things you value most. So have your priorities straight and ditch or stop doing things that aren’t really a top priority.

You might find that most of the stress you’re experiencing might be coming from things you don’t really highly prioritise.

Stop and picture the type of life you would be proud of when your life comes to an end.  What ingredients would that life have included?

Is having a good relationship with someone you love important?  Will you feel you’ve enjoyed life, not just worked hard?

Choose what is important to you and begin shutting out what isn’t.

 

Create Boundaries

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For you to carve out the kind of life you have imagined for yourself, you will need to set boundaries about what you will and won’t do.

Have a chat with your employer to see how parts of your job can be done better or delegated.

If you’re an entrepreneur, consider outsourcing tasks that you need help on.

You may have to say no to invitations for things that will gobble up your time—time that could be better spent working toward your value-based goals.

 

Be Efficient in Everything You Do

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Stress may come from different sources. If you want to manage your stress levels better, then you should start with eliminating the smallest sources of your stress.

It could be as simple stress from misplacing your important belongings (phone, wallet, keys, etc.)

Be efficient and organised to save time and stress from small things like these. Your time shouldn’t be for finding where you misplaced something, rather on more important things.

Efficiency on a small scale can help prevent you from misplacing your stuff. Be organised and set up good organisational habits for yourself. Have a common space for your personal belongings so you’ll always find them in the same spot.

Having habits like these can transcend from small scale, everyday problems to business-level stress and problems. If you were able to start small, then you can easily apply these habits into bigger, more complex problems and reduce your stress levels tenfold!

 

Stay Focused on the Positives

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Instead of looking into what’s not done, look into what has been achieved. Instead of dwelling on your past mistakes, move on and strive to do even better.

It can also be stressful to deal with the negative side of things. Stay focused on the positives and reduce the stress you pile up from overthinking and dwelling on negative stuff.

Sometimes a healthy mindset is all it takes to manage your stress levels — be optimistic and stay focused on your goals!

 

Stay Fit and Healthy

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Don’t subscribe to “stress eating”. Stay healthy by maintaining a balanced diet. Keep fit and exercise regularly to help improve mental function and overall mood.

A good mental state and a healthy body are what you need to get through each day’s grind and combat stress.

 

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