HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS

Being under stress can be likened to a car carrying a heavy load that was meant for big truck. The situation can be overwhelming.

Is the situation hopeless? Not at all! To keep from burning out, you’ll need either to lighten your load or to get a more powerful “engine.” Actually, you can do both. Let’s see how.

Lighten Your Load



The challenge is that most time when you already have a full schedule, there are other things that comes up in between which require your attention and as such you need extra energy to cope with the situation.

Learn to say no.

“Wisdom is with the modest ones,” says the Bible. Modesty, or accepting your limitations, empowers you to say no when the load will be too heavy for you to carry.

Of course, saying no isn’t always an option—for example, when your parents remind you about your chores! But if you let everyone add to your load, you’ll eventually give out. Even the biggest trucks have a load limit.

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“Do not loiter at your business,” advises the Bible. Confronting a hard task is bad enough, so why add to the load by procrastinating? Just keeps it before you linger!

To create incentive, make a to-do list. Break down big tasks into manageable sizes. “I love lists,” says a young woman named Blessing. “Usually I put the things I dislike the most first, and then as I check them off, it gets easier. Before you know it, you can move on to the things in your life that are more fun!”

If you struggle to get started on a task, set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and begin working on it right away. When the alarm goes off, you’ll have 10 or 15 minutes of the job completed. Now that you’ve started, you might be surprised at how much easier it is to do more on the task.

Take care of your body.

Experts agree that a healthful diet, regular exercise, and proper sleep will help you to get more done. Don’t worry—taking care of your body isn’t all that complicated. A few simple steps will get you started. Take sleep, for example. Try the following.

1. Get enough sleep: Set regular times to go to bed and to get up, at least on school-days and workdays.

2. Allow yourself enough time to unwind: Don’t exercise within three hours before going to bed, and avoid heavy snacks and caffeine as bedtime nears.

3. When it’s time to go to bed: Try to make your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.

    Connect with others.

    Don’t hesitate to turn to your parents and friends for assistance. Will that really help? Yes, for studies show that emotional support reduces the damage that increased stress can cause to your heart, blood vessels, and immune system.

    QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION

    Have you been stressing out lately?

    How did you handle it?

    Will you try any of our suggestion?

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    30 Replies to “HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS”

    1. Stress is such a complex topic for those of us with various mental illnesses. I love how motivational this post was and I really appreciate the helpful tips that you provided. I really do wish I could just set a timer on to get a full night rest, but sadly that’s not my reality due to PTSD and stress. Sure, you can incorporate small things but going from a 0 to a 100 takes a lot of time and we also need to comprehend that if we can’t be productive in a certain moment then it’s okay. You can always do said thing in another time or day. Step by step we can get there. 

      1. Hi Stephanie  thanks for stopping by,  I know must of us have been really stressed up for the pass months of this pandemic, applying some  this tips can really make a difference, as you said one at a time. I’m sorry  for your PTSD. I’ll check if I can also write more tips on that. Please do take care and thanks for stopping by.

    2. I hate to say it, but stress is a normal part of everyday life. In some form or another, we will experience stress. What is crucial is how we deal with stress. Especially if it is work related, as stress from that can trickle down to the other aspects of your life. We really need ways on how to effectively deal with stress as this can lead to more severe cases. 

      Thank you for sharing!

    3. Hi Eunice,

      Thank you for putting together this post on how to manage stress. Stress is the worst!

      I think it’s important to learn to say no. Maybe that’s just me, but I have a hard time saying no to anybody. I always try to be everything to everybody else, and nothing to myself. Kind of a problem…

      Working out helps a lot too. I love having some time to myself to just sweat. You know what I mean?

      Thanks once again for addressing the issue of stress. I’m going to try to be better to myself.

      Michael

      1. Thanks for visiting my website Michael, it is a pleasure to read your opinion on the topic, I also recommend walking out as well. It is good to help people at the same time, it is also important for us to find time to take care of ourselves, else we might break like engine of an overloaded car.

    4. This is an important topic really. Stress is something we deal with everyday even tho it has reduced these days as a result of the lockdown making people stay at home. I started working again last week and i am already stressed out. I have not been getting enough sleep too and my work requires me always loitering. I will try to stick to some of thr advices here in this article.

      1. Thank you for visiting my website David, yes most people are really stressed up especially those that have returned to work like you, please make sure to take necessary precautions, stay safe and get enough rest.  

    5. Hello dear, thanks for presenting such a beneficial article  I know must of us have been really stressed up over  so  many  challenges of life  applying some  of this tips can really make a difference, as you said one at a time. I must commend your efforts in growing such a stunning internet site and mention an article to help others with good facts is really appreciatedt thanks 

    6. Hi there thanks for the review it was really helpful. Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But then stress affects the body because it increases blood pressure. One simple way to deal with stress is through exercise. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress

    7. Hello there, thanks for sharing this amazing content here with us. I must say i have really learnt a lot of ideas one can use to battle stress and deal with it just fine. I do agree with you on these tips you mentioned and i have also been practicing some of these tips before now and i they always seem to work fine.

    8. first of all congratulations on putting up such an intriguing post on how to handle stress, having a lot of schedule for the day from the office back home could really get someone exhausted and feeling so depressed cause of stressed the person must have gone through and getting to know how  to handle it is of paramount good to everyone, thanks for giving such an awesome tips on how best to handle stress..

      I look forward to sharing this review

    9. may I first thank you for this excellent and comprehensive post you’ve got here on how to deal with stress,much other pretty tips you can use to deal with stress are,,
      Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. …
      Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
      Avoid drugs and alcohol. …
      Take a break. …
      Recognize when you need more help.,,
      hope you do find these tips useful..
      thanks for sharing have a great day ahead of you and stay safe…

      1. Thanks you for visiting my website, it is a pleasure to read your opinion on this topic. I think if we can apply most of this suggestions our strees level will really reduce .

    10. hello dear,

      going to job with here  I’m putting up such an informative article on how to deal with stress sincerely speaking I have come across a lot of articles giving out tips on how to deal with stress but I must say that I’ve never seen any as detailed as yours…

      thanks for sharing such an informative review, I look forward to putting such tips to good use

    11. Hey nice article you have there, your thoughts are indeed invaluable. The negative effect stress can caused one cannot be taken with levity. However, I have been looking for ways to deal with stress, I usually encountered at a daily basis. Having gone through the various tips that can help to remedy stess, I am very pleased to have stumbled into such an article at the right time. I will definitely  give every points highlighted here a trial

      1. Thank you for visiting my website, it is  a pleasure to read your opinion on this topic, I totally agree with you, most people if  not all are really stressed out. I’m sure if you try and apply this tips it might help to reduce your stress.

    12. Hello Eunice – Nice article on stress.  It really is so important to say no when it is needed.  Most of us are on overload in one way or another.  Sometimes we need to say no to ourselves.  I am guilty.  I tend to make my perpetual to do list too long. 

      Rest, exercise and proper diet are crucial for endurance to get through our time in this world we live in.

      As for problems, the Bible says “be anxious for nothing but…”
      you know the rest.

      Thanks for this opportunity!

      1. Your right Nathaniel, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad I was able to help. Please fell free to share  to others,  thanks. 

    13. Thanks for writing about stress during this uncertain period of time we are all experiencing. I like the break down on constructive ways to deal with your stress! Learn to say No, is something we should all learn how to do. It can be effective if we all keep a healthy balance. I am planning on changing my To-Do list based on your recommendationS. Thanks and keep writing!

    14. Eunice this is a fantastic post, I love all of your suggestions. They are so simple, yet relevant. I love what you say about saying no. it is an essential skill and something that everyone needs to learn, especially if you have a tendency to be a people pleaser! 

      I also love making lists and I totally agree with you, tackling the worst things first is a brilliant way to go about it. As soon as those nasties are ticked off the day is brighter and lighter. 

      1. I appreciate your visit Lynne, saying no is hard sometimes, but is one of the best way to reduce stress.  I love your smile that of your baby. 

    15. I liked all the tips that you pointed out. I have used a to do list for years and it works great.   I have learned to create a flexible list so that if some items don’t get completed, it is okay.  I decide what are the most important and focus on those.

      I would also suggest spending at least 30 minutes a day in nature, walk on the earth with your bare feet.   Get into the moment and feel a tree, listen to the birds.   Spend at least 5 minutes a day being thankful for different things.   

    16. Hello Eunice, and thank you for writing about stress. It is certainly a topic that affects us all at varying degrees. The good news is that not all stress is bad for us. In fact manageable amounts of stress help us to grow and develop both mentally and physically. Of course there is also a downside, and that is being overwhelmed by stress. A number of studies have shown a correlation between stress and illness.

      Proper nutrition and rest are two of the most important things to help us better manage stress. Staying healthy and active are also great stress reducers. I do my best to keep all these in check, but no one is perfect.

      I used to have a problem with saying ‘No’. I would always be up for helping out. Unfortunately, there are situations where people who don’t say no are taken advantage of. No one else stands up to do it because they know “Old Faithful” will take care of it. I actually hit a burnout point from doing that. A hard lesson to learn.

      One thing many people fail to realize is that our most valuable asset is time. Once you have spent a day you have one less to spend, and there is no way to redeem any extras.  I agree that lists can help to prioritize activities, but sometimes
      people get caught up with list creation and never get anything accomplished. With a little more effort, I find it can be very
      beneficial to plan for the day, the week, and the month. At the end of each day take stock of what you have accomplished and prepare for the next day. It’s also a good idea to give yourself credit for everything you did, but don’t beat yourself up over the things left undone.

      I really liked your suggestion to connect with others. When I get stressed and overwhelmed, I have the tendency to isolate myself. As the years go by there seems to be less and less of the people that I used to turn to. Being in the midst of a global pandemic certainly hasn’t helped any. Like many others, the last few months have been more stressful than usual. I have been making a point of getting back to doing the things I always enjoyed doing. I think it is critically important for people to do things that bring them joy and happiness.

      Did you know that stress is directly related to making us age faster? Throughout our lifetime, DNA strands replicate. Each time they replicate the strands get shorter.  There comes a point when they can no longer replicate, which causes us to age and die. The DNA strands have protective ends called telomeres. Stress has been shown to cause a shortening of the
      telomeres, thus accelerating the aging process.

      Cheers,

      David

      1. Thanks David  for your honest review, I really appreciate and thank for stopping by. But  David what do you think is the Keys to Managing stress?

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