Tension TamersAre you ready to change the way you deal with stress? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Forget being perfect. No one is. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It may make the difference in your emotional well-being.
Take a step at a time. Stop trying to do everything at once. Start with the most urgent task at hand and don't choose your next task until you've accomplished the first task and give yourself credit for a job well done.
Go easy on yourself. You can feel frustrated and let down when you expect too much of yourself. Watch the self-criticism that says you never measure up. Realize that there are some situations that are out of your control.
Find time to relax. Have you ever thought about meditation? Have you tried slowing your heart rate through deep breathing? How about listening to soothing music or taking a peaceful walk? Techniques like these can lower anxiety!
Be willing to compromise. Are you always meeting opposition? It may be time to rethink your position or adjust your attitude. Stand your ground but do so calmly and reasonably. Be flexible. When you're willing to give a little, others will more likely meet you halfway.
Know you're not alone. You're not the only one who may be having a rough day. Open up to others and share your feelings. Staying in touch provides a source of support and encouragement.
Express your emotions. Get things off of your chest in a constructive manner. Stress escalates whenever you feel frustrated and bottle things up inside. If you can't find someone to talk to, write your feelings down in a journal.
Picture positive results. Be imaginative and visualize yourself effectively managing a stressful situation. Doing so builds self-confidence and enables you to approach seemingly difficult tasks with greater assurance.
Get support. Sometimes it makes sense to let a professional, perhaps your therapist, help you manage stress. You might also consider attending a support group.
As you successfully manage your stress, you manage your mood and improve your overall quality of life. No matter what life throws at you, you'll be prepared to take a deep breath and say, "Hey, it's nothing to stress about."
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