Feel over-stressed, over-worked, and overwhelmed? You are not alone. In fact, a staggering 73% of adults in the U.S. experience psychological symptoms associated with stress (The American Institute of Stress). Whether your stress comes from work, finances, your relationships, your health, or any other source, there are options available to you.
Stress Management Strategies
Let Go of Commitments You No Longer Have Time for
Stress management and time management often go hand-in-hand. You’ll have to learnto say ‘No” to certain commitments that are not necessary. Activities where you have contributed amply can take a backseat. Even if you find joy in these activities, you may not have the time and energy for them that you once had. Letting go and freeing up more time for yourself will give you a chance to recharge.
Evaluate Your Social Group
Just like enthusiasm, stress is just as contagious. Those who take a dim view of life, tend to bring you down. You must put your mental health first if you you want to help others. If their negative energy is dragging you down, you need to do something to lift yourself back up.
Find a New Job or New Fulfillment in Your Current Job
Money and Work are two of the most common sources of stress in America. If you feel overworked or underappreciated at your job, it may be time for a change. A complete change of employers, or finding new challenges at your current work changes the perspective.
Put Yourself First
Your stress may be a combination of stress from other people that you feel connected to or responsible for. The most important lesson in stress management is to put yourself first. When you are in a good place mentally and emotionally, you are better equipped to help others.