Take control of stress and feel refreshed!
Planning your stress-free life
One of the keys to reducing stress levels is learning how to manage our time more efficiently and taking firmer control of our lives. BBy prioritising our time, we will be able to set ourselves more realistic goals, freeing up essential time for leisure and relaxation. Ways to achieve this might include setting up helpful routines, for example, tidying up your desk at work at the end of each day, so that you will be more organized the following morning.
Learning to relax and unwind
Another important part of keeping stress under control is taking regular timeout to relax. Last month we explored different ways of relaxing at home. We must learn the importance of splitting our time between work and leisure, so that we get the balance right and learn to prioritise and delegate tasks. Great ways to unwind can also be achieved through complementary therapies and exercise.
A way to cope better in stressful situations is to feel more confident and positive about ourselves, particularly during conflict with others. Being more assertive allows us to effectively challenge the demands made on us by others and deal with difficult situations in a more relaxed manner. This will in turn help us to build on our strengths and improve on our weaknesses and not be afraid to ask for help when we need it. In addition, because we’ll be more aware of other people’s needs as well as our own, our professional and personal relationships will run more smoothly.
Laughing out loud
Not only do we laugh when we feel good, the reverse is also true - laughing makes us feel good! Laughter causes our body to release endorphins producing a natural high, boosting our immune system and combating the effects of stress. What's more, learning to Lighten up and see the funny side of things will help us to put our problems into perspective.
Before long, we’ll notice the physical benefits of tackling the stress in our lives. We'll feel healthier and more relaxed as we benefit from a better quality of sleep, More energy and even a better sex life. Other benefits we are likely to experience include a stronger immune system, more efficient digestive system and lower blood pressure, reducing our risk of many long-term illnesses. We'll also see the psychological benefits of lowering our stress levels, as we’ll feel less anxious and more confident.
By learning how to control the stress in our live and finding ways to relax, we will notice a number of positive changes in our physical and mental health.