Stress is a part of every person’s life. What you do in response to stress and to lessen your stress makes the difference between successfully coping with stress or being overcome by it. Here are a few simple suggestions to cope with life’s stress:
- Determine whether a stress or concern is real or imagined:
Many people are worried and anxious about events that may or may not ever happen to them. Try to relax and focus on today rather than the uncertain future. Take life one day at a time. Reassure yourself that God will take care of you no matter what happens.
- Make sure you are taking care of yourself :
- Get enough rest– Most people need 8 to 9 hours of sleep a day. If you are suffering with insomnia, let your physician and others know you need help
- Eat well– Even if you don’t feel hungry, take time out to eat something to keep up your strength.
- Exercise– Medical studies show that physical activity can help lower stress and anxiety. If you are healthy enough to exercise on a regular basis, do so. Brisk walks, running, swimming or other activities can reduce your stress significantly.
- Talk to someone:
Don’t hold all your feelings inside. Talking with someone who will listen and not judge you will bring you relief. Seek out a friend, relative, pastor or counselor. If your stress and anxiety are an ongoing problem in your life, schedule a regular time each week to vent your emotions and thoughts with someone you trust.
- Take action:
Try not to let your feelings paralyze you into inaction. If there is something practical and wise that you can do to alleviate the problem or avoid potential danger, take action. Procrastination will only raise your stress and anxiety level.
Listen to soothing music. Take breaks often during the day and simply close your eyes and breathe deeply. Reading can calm you or listening to speakers and teachers can change your focus and quiet your fears.
- Have fun:
Do something that you enjoy. It is good to get some recreation on a routine basis.
- Take care of your spiritual life:
Sometimes fear and anxiety result from your spiritual needs being neglected. Spend time in meditation and in focusing on more than just your immediate physical needs. Being a part of something bigger than yourself helps to get your mind off the minutiae of daily living.
Seek and follow professional advice:
Consult your physician or a mental health professional. Sometimes the help will come in the form of supervised medication to deal with your anxiety and stress. Many times counseling will help.