Everyone deals with stress every now and then. Stress could come from work, personal problems, or even problems at home. Stress isn’t really all that bad. In fact, a group of Stanford University School of Medicine researchers found that stress can motivate people and also boost the immune system.
The problem is when you are dealing with a great amount of stress to the point where you can no longer handle it. When this happens, your normal brain functions will be affected, making it difficult for you to concentrate. Worse, you could get sick or suffer from burnout.
To help you avoid these health issues, here are 3 tips for managing the stress in your life.
Tip #1: Manage Your Time Wisely
A lot of stress is brought about by people’s natural tendency to procrastinate. They don’t do the things they’re supposed to do thinking that there’ll be enough time for it “later.” But pretty soon, they’ll find themselves with so many unfinished tasks and wonder how they’ll ever get things done on time.
If you want to avoid unnecessary stress, you need to manage your time well. Make a list of the tasks that need to be done today, and rank them according to importance. Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tells us that we need to work on tasks that are both “urgent and important”, delegate tasks that are “urgent but not important” and completely get rid of the things that “aren’t urgent or important.”
Tip #2: Learn to Say No
Sometimes, people end up doing the things they don’t like doing just because they find it hard to say no. If someone in the office asks you to work on a project that was assigned to them, agree only if you have the time to work on it. If a friend prods you to sign up for an exclusive club membership because everyone in the neighborhood is doing the same thing, say no if you think you can’t afford it or if you think you don’t really need it.
Tip #3: Don’t Dwell on Things You Can’t Control
There are situations that you can control and there are those that you can’t. For example, you can do something about not arriving late for work by waking up early and avoiding traffic. But you can’t control your team mate’s tendency to be lazy and refusing to work on a project that the two of you were assigned to do. There’s no point in feeling bad about his attitude. What you can do instead is to work on the project on your own, if you have to. In the end, you’ll finish the project on time and perhaps even get all the credit.
People spend so much time and energy being upset about things they have absolutely no control over. Focus on what you can do instead. It gets the job done faster and it helps you avoid the stress.
These 3 tips for managing stress in your life are very simple and easy enough to understand. Apply these tips in your life gradually and soon, you will live a healthy and stress-free life.