Let’s Tackle Stress
Life can be tough at times. It’s going to throw a lot of things at you that you don’t think that you can handle, There will be events that are going to cause you excess levels of stress. And it’s going to be tough to cope with at times.
However, ‘Life can be tough but you ARE tougher!’ and with some know-how tips and guides you can help yourself to tackle stress effectively. And even though it might not be an overnight success and could possibly be a long process, it’s going to be worth it.
Tension, pressure, worry and anxiety … these feelings aren’t worth your time, so let’s do something better with our time and energy and let’s tackle stress!
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Let’s Tackle Stress by Taking Some Time Away
If you find yourself feeling stressed often, then you should be looking at taking some time away from the things that are causing you stress. For example, if you are constantly feeling run down at work because there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, then you should take some time away from it. Take a couple of personal days, give yourself time to relax and then try again in a few days.
Or, if the problem is that you are a stressed mom, then you need to find an hour or so to yourself at least. Take a long bath and leave the kids with your partner or parents. You need the time to step away for a minute, and it will make everything that much better when you return.
Further Reading: 7 Helpful Ways to Reduce Stress as a Busy Parent
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Let’s Tackle Stress By Not Covering It Up
Another way to tackle stress is to ensure that you are not covering up the problem. Stress is one of those things that we feel inclined to fix as soon as possible, even if that means that it’s just temporary. This is never going to work in the long-run, and patching up the problem and covering it in a bandaid, means that the problem will only fester underneath and get worse.
An example of this is the fact that some people turn to self-medicating with drink and drugs (both over-the-counter and illegal) in order to take the stress away. Some get in so deep, to the point where they find themselves purchasing the likes of ‘ultra pure synthetic urine‘ for routine company drug tests. And yes, as ridiculous as it sounds, buying ‘clean urine’ is actually a thing!
Further Reading: 3 Easy Ways To Boost and Improve Your Mental Health
But the fact is, drinking too much or taking drugs might seem like a stress-buster at the beginning but not only can excessive drinking or taking medication damage your body, they can also damage your mind. And excessiveness can cause more anxiety and stress – the feelings you were trying to tackle in the first place.
Again, the biggest problem with these crutches is that they are not fixing anything, like the bandaid, it’s like putting tape over a crack in the wall – you can’t see it but it’s still there.
Further Reading: 5 Effective Ways to Reset Stress and Manage Your Cortisol
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Let’s Tackle Stress by Understanding Our Feelings
The final thing that you can do to tackle stress is to understand and confront your feelings. Don’t hide away from the things that you are feeling, and try to understand where these uncomfortable feelings of stress are coming from. They are much easier to manage when you understand them to some degree.
If you can’t work out and understand your feelings then consider the help of a professional – book an appointment with your GP and they will be able to refer you to the specialist they feel will most benefit you. And if visiting your GP isn’t an option, always remember there are numerous helplines available to you nationwide and worldwide. So don’t feel alone with your stress struggle – share your feelings.
A problem shared is a problem halved’
Further Reading: How To Relax After A Long Day At Work
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do in order to tackle stress.
Life can be tough, we know, but you are tougher and you can overcome whatever life throws at you if you try hard enough. We believe in you, and hopefully now you have some better ideas for how you can manage the stress in your life. And we hope that it brings the results that you’re looking for.
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