Hands-on Strategies For Reducing The Impact Stress Has On Your Life
Stress is something that we all have to deal with.
For some it is what they associate with work, or raising their children, or meeting deadlines, or even just when having to deal with others.
For some of us though, just being alive and function in society can be stressful, compared to those times when we can lie in bed and not have to think about the world and what it wants from us.
Learning to deal, work, and live with stress is an important part of developing greater wellbeing.
We hear it all the time, ‘Don’t Stress!’ And if we can actually do that, the benefits we feel are good, really good. However, sometimes it seems that everything we face in life is just adding to the stress that we feel.
This is when it is important to have a strategy to deal with stress.
Let’s have a look at the definition of stress, so that we can understand how to alter our perception of it and learn to use it, to work with it and to control it to a greater degree.
Stress is: Pressure or tension exerted on a material object, a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
Sound familiar? I know it does.
We all experience pressure in life and because of this we all have an intimate relationship with stress.
Too many times, we go to a doctor complaining of headaches, lack of energy, or depression and what do we hear? It’s because of stress.
So What To Do?
When we understand what stress is we can learn to dictate our lives so as to either remove it, or lessen it or know when our decisions and actions are going to bring it about. If we know this, then we can have a strategy that allows us to manage it effectively.
By committing ourselves to anything, we are causing a magnification of stress levels. By accepting a deadline, by agreeing to be a part of anything that is going on, by taking onboard the thoughts and feelings of others, by taking on debts, by doing any and all of these things we are encouraging the development of stress within our lives.
We must consciously choose and decide, and understand how much stress we can deal with on a day to day to basis, and we must construct a barrier that only allows this exact level of stress into our lives.
What does this mean?
Imagine that stress is like money.
In order to get things done in your life you are going to need a certain amount.
In reality, there is only so much money you need to achieve and get the things done that need to be done.
So if we can work and act with the intention of only doing or having the things that we need then we can effectively allow only the maximum amount of stress needed in our lives, and no more.
By practicing techniques of meditation, self-hypnosis, and self-control, we can develop habits that remove stress from our lives.
By sitting and being alone, without tasks and jobs to be done, without having to deal with other people, we can force our minds to settle by focusing on the breath and the body and encouraging it to relax, to release the pent up tension that has come from being involved with the world.
In other words, discipline.
We must discipline our lives in a way that only allows in, the amount of stress, the amount of pressure, the amount of ‘things to do’ that we can handle.
We must learn to say ‘no’ to the things that we can’t handle.
We must admit to ourselves when the time comes, that we are being overloaded and when that happens, we must say ‘no’ to any added stress.
In learning to manage our commitments effectively and practice ‘stress-releasing’ activities like meditation, yoga, self-hypnosis and relaxation exercises we can learn to effectively balance and manage the stress in our lives and still get the things done that need to be done.
Remember the key term here, ‘balance’.
Effectively balance your life and you will become the governor, the master of your stress levels.
On the other-hand, let stress be your master and it will inevitably crush you with an infinite amount of pressure serving nothing but the domain of added stress.