Stress comes to all of us in some form or another including worries about finances, job security, responsibilities and relationships – all take their toll on our emotional health. Stress is one of the biggest factors to disrupting our emotional health, our well-being and, yes, ultimately, our physical health. It is important to reduce stress in our lives, just like we reduce our fat, sugar and calorie intake to remain healthy.
There are many ways which we can take care of our emotional health and eliminate some of the stress from our day. Some of the steps you can take to remain stress free include:
- Manage your day and time better by setting out realistic goals which you can manage to meet every day.
- Utilize time more efficiently throughout the day by focusing and completing one task at a time before moving on to another.
- Remain flexible in your thinking when it comes to completing tasks, if you cannot accomplish them the way you had planned, then do it another way.
- Take small breaks throughout the day that will give you time to clear your head and get back on track staying focused on the task at hand.
- Admit that you are only human and you cannot do everything, admit when you need a little help and don’t be afraid to ask for that help should you need it.
- Learn when to say “no.” While we all like to do help others, we can sometimes put too much on our plates and when this happens, we cannot manage it all and stress sets in.
- Do not overexert your body. You can only do so much in a day. By pushing yourself continually beyond your limits will stress your body and mind. This also weakens your immune system.
- Recognize when you are starting to get stressed and take immediate action to relieve that stress.
- Learn techniques which you can quickly eliminate stress. There are a wide range of techniques which you can use including techniques such as breathing exercises and visualization.
- Positive affirmations can help you deal with stress effectively. A positive mind with positive thoughts is a healthier mind and one to stress less eagerly.
- Always make time for some quiet time – time to just relax and do something you enjoy …and be sure not to feel guilty for taking this time out!