Managing Stress: 5 Effective Strategies

Managing Stress: 5 Effective Strategies

Did you know that chronic stress can have serious consequences on your health? It’s true—stress can make it difficult to sleep, weaken your immune system, and lead to other problems like heart attacks, strokes, anxiety, and depression. Plus, stress can cause irritability, lack of motivation, and difficulty concentrating, thereby negatively impacting your work and personal relationships.

If you’re feeling stressed about work, family or life in general, try these 5 strategies we’ve compiled for stress management.

1. Establish Boundaries

Do you often feel stressed because you’re being pulled in too many directions at once? Setting healthy boundaries may help. For example, at work, this may involve taking time off, speaking up when you have too much on your plate, and avoiding jumping to volunteer to help others or take on special projects.

2. Prioritize

Often we can find ourselves with to many things to handle at once. You might feel like everything is of up most importance and needs to be handled immediately. The problem is, thats not possible. Make a list of all of the things you have to do, and pick the top 5 or 10 that absolutely need to be done today or tomorrow. When you’re done with that, pick another 10, and so on. This may help reduce the stress you may feel with thinking of all of the “urgent” things that need to be done.

3. Delegate

If you’re feeling stressed, it’s possible that you may be taking on too much yourself. While delegating or asking for help may seem like it makes you less capable or competent, the opposite is true. Those who can recognize when they need help, are often seen as leaders and good managers of time and work. Take a look at your tasks and see if there is anything you can ask others to help with.

4. Find Time to Relax

When work, school, and family obligations become overwhelming, you may feel like you don’t have any time left over to focus on yourself. While this might be true, you can probably find some time, even if just a few minutes, to be by yourself, for some self-care and relaxation. Think about what brings you peace—whether that’s sitting outside, getting a pedicure, or working on a puzzle— set aside time to do that on a regular basis, or at least whenever you feel overly stressed.

4. Seek Professional Help

It may be time to see a professional for help if you can’t seem to reduce your stress level, despite trying all of these techniques and you find that it’s negatively affecting you. You could talk to your primary care doctor, who can do a physical check up and determine if are any health issues present. You could also seek out therapy and work with a professional who can provide feedback, validation and help you process your thoughts and feelings.

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