In the short-term, stress can even be motivating. A short-term stress makes us work harder and be serious in pursuing our task at hand.
The problem arises when it lasts for a long periods of time, it can also become harmful to our mental and physical wellbeing.
If you are experiencing a lot of stress, it may affect your behavior and lifestyle. We know many who adopt unhealthy habits such as excessive drinking or smoking due to excess stress. You may eat less healthy food and exercise less or not at all.
Remember, stress doesn’t affect everyone equally, for me when I am in stress for more than a few days, it shows on my behavior, I tend to get more quarrelsome, depressed and short-tempered. A long-term stress prevents you achieve your goals.
What can you do to reduce the stress you feel?
There are steps you can take both at work and during non-work hours that might help you to feel less stressed. First you should determine what works for you.
Do the things you like most
Ask yourself what matters most to you or gives you the most satisfaction at work and/or at home A list of about five is ideal. Of these, which energize you the most? These should be considered your top priorities.
Commit to continue
Setting up a ‘to do’ list is an easy task, the harder part is to continue on them. Once you’ve developed your top priorities, you should make an effort to commit to and reserve time for them. For example, if it’s important that you exercise three times a week, schedule and mark that time on your calendar.
If you like to paint, set a time every week on that hobby. We all have hobbies and we should allocate at least a minimum amount of time towards it.
Eliminate things that make you stressed
Consider how you can reduce or eliminate doing the things that you did not include on your list or that are particular “energy sappers”. make a list of these things and try come up with alternative ways of doing things or, if possible, not doing those.
If you are stressed out at work, talk to your manager and see if some of your tasks can be distributed. It’s one thing to be a ‘yes’ man and it’s another to suffer for days and month because of that. Do not let your relationships take a hit!
Share your problems
Discuss your commitments with significant others at home, or your friends at work so that they can support and encourage you. Many a times I found out the way out on my own after I had discussed things with my wife. I felt less burdened.
Always maintain a smile, thank others, greet people passing by and help others when you get a chance. Giving gives us a feeling of being great. When you be good to others, they would naturally be good to you in return, helping your stress to go down.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. ~Bertrand Russell
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