Dealing with stress and anxiety

At times we all get stressed. It’s virtually impossible to avoid it all together, but it is possible to limit its impact on your life.
Before we start on the usual practical tips for reducing stress levels there’s a couple of questions I want you to ask yourself.
Why am I stressed? Is there an actual reason or are you just one of lifes worriers. If there’s an actual reason then break the problem down in to smaller more manageable pieces. Once a problem seems smaller it automatically feels easier to manage, which reduces the level of stress involved.
Create a plan of action, focusing on the things you can do something about. Allow yourself to stop worrying about things you have no control over.
Talk it out. Doesn’t actually matter if you talk to yourself or someone else the act of saying outloud what is worry you reduces the burden. As a side note here if you feel you need help don’t be afraid to ask for it.
Learn to manage your time. A vast amount of people are stressed due to poor time management. Make a list of the things you need to do and prioritize them.
Learn to say no. Don’t take on things you don’t want to do, unless you have to.
Consider your lifestyle carefully. Are you happy with the way you live? If the answer is no it’s time to take steps to change it. Sometimes even the smallest changes can make an enormous difference to how you feel.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, avoid large quantities of caffeine and alcohol and get out and get some exercise. Personally I’d recommend doing something outside. There’s a peacefulness about being in the fresh air and countryside that just isn’t recreated in a gym.
And the last but most important tip, learn to see the ridiculous. There’s something fun in every situation. If you can find it the world becomes a happier place.

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