This generation seems to have a serious problem with stress; sometimes you can go entire days listening to conversations centered around how stressed your classmates are. You may be the first to admit that you’re not the best at dealing with stress, either. However, it’s beneficial to try out a few tricks to counteract the negative effects it can have on one’s body and mind. The theory is simple: if you can win a few key battles against stress, you’ll be one step closer to winning the war.
1. Stop Everything: If you’ve ever been in a stressful situation, you know that your mind is very tempted to make any small issues snowball into catastrophic problems. The best way to keep this from happening is to stop whatever you’re doing, step back, and take a breather. After all, you can’t fight the symptoms of stress if you still feel overwhelmingly stressed.
2. Make A List: A common cause of stress is feeling overwhelmed or being “spread too thin.” The best way to counteract this is to make a list. Prioritize everything you have to accomplish, and check things off as you complete them. Being able to actively visualize your progress will also give you an even greater sense of accomplishment.
3. Take A Break: Still feeling stressed? Time allowing, it would be a good idea for you to completely remove yourself from the situation. Take just enough time to clear your mind and calm your nerves so you can be ready to get back to work.
4. Keep Your Focus: When you feel ready to face the situation again, make sure that you keep your end goal in mind. Distractions won’t help you finish the task, and your inability to finish it will probably end up making you even more stressed.
5. Reward Yourself: After you’ve overcome a huge challenge, make sure to give yourself a pat on the back. Whether it’s with ice cream or a movie night, reward yourself–and your efforts will reward themselves.
Stress is a part of life, it’s true-but that doesn’t mean you have to let it knock you down every time it comes your way. Try to integrate some of these techniques into your daily routine, and wait for the wonderful (and stress-free) results to start rolling in.