“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity,

I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension.

And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”

~ George F. Burns

Not all stress is bad

Stress can happen at the beginning of a change, or cause you to make mauch needed changes. Stress can aid you in focusing on the tasks at hand. And, in some cases, stress can even save your life. However, a build up of stress can result in major risks. Do not let stress accumulate otherwise the result can be fatal. Here are a few quick tips and steps in managing your stress.

Identify the tressors

The first thing you need to do is determine and understand the cause of your stress or the stressors. By recognizing the stressors, you can put each of them in place and deal with them one by one.

Breathing And Relaxing

Oxygen is very important to the body. Taking a deep breath adds oxygen to the system, which can help you relax. Learning how to breathe can help you maintain your self-control in a stressful situation.

You can start by taking a deep breath. Stand up and stretch. Standing and stretching helps your ribcage expand, which gives you more room to fill your lungs with more oxygen. Always remember that the opposite of stress is relaxation. Take a short walk, get a glass a glass of water and do something that can change your focus. Try smiling and take a short moment focusing on something other than your immediate problem. By the time you get back to your problem, it probably won’t seem nearly as undefeatable.

There are other several ways to help you manage your stress. If you are into books, sometimes making the time to read one of your favorite books can help by putting the problem out from your mind for a short time. Taking a warm bath and watching your favorite show on TV can also help you.

Enjoy The Good Things Of Life And Be Positive

Sometimes you can forget to enjoy the good things of life if you let stressful events build up. Remember that life offers many other things outside of work. Reserve some of your time to actually recognize and enjoy the good things that you already have in your life.

Every situation has both pros and cons; make a list. List them both, put the list away and take a second look tomorrow. Sleeping on almost any situation can often alter your perceptions or thoughts about the disadvantages to advantages.

Everything in this world exists in a balance. Negative can never occur without the positive. Learn to find good in your stressful situation and try to change every negative events into positive.

Know Yourself And Your Limitations

To manage stress effectively, it is very important to know yourself and your limitations. Sometimes, learning to say “No” can spare you from stress build up. If you are in a working environment, do not just accept work loads if you think you cannot manage them easily. By recognizing your limitations, you can avoid situations that can usually lead to the piling of work.

Sometimes, situations are beyond your full control. Always be as positive as you can, and refrain from blaming yourself. If you continuously beat yourself up with guilt, not only will you not be able to manage the stress, but you may worsen the situation.

Get help

A major stress management tip is asking for help from friends, family or workmates. You are never alone and there are always people around you willing to lend a helping hand. There are also professionals available, as well as self-help books that can aid you in relieving stress by giving you useful advice.

By managing and planning your time and prioritizing the most important things first can prevent stress from building up. Always remember that the keyword in better stress management is Relaxation.

What do you do to relieve stress in the short term?

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