Some stress is beneficial when it keeps us focused and motivated. But excessive stress can make us sick. Here are seven healthy habits that can help you manage stress.
1. LOOK AT WHAT STRESSES YOU OUT
Some of the things that cause stress are being too busy, not getting enough sleep, pressure from school or work, having trouble with family or relationships, struggles with personal identity or career development, financial difficulties.
2. RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF STRESS
Some of the signs that you are under stress include feeling anxious, nervous or tired; not being able to concentrate; forgetting important things; getting sick more than usual; using alcohol or other drugs; feeling depressed or overwhelmed.
3. IDENTIFY WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL AND WHAT YOU CAN'T
Some things that cause stress are easy to change. Others, you can't change. But you can control the way you react to those events. You can take steps to help you get through stressful times.
4. SLOW DOWN
Having too much to do is a huge cause of stress. Consider reducing the amount of work or commitments from your schedule. Decide what are your priorities in life, including people and activities, and stick to them.
5. GET MOVING
Anything that gets your body moving will help you reduce stress in your life. For example, exercise and walking in nature are great stress-relief strategies. Similarly, meditation and laughter will help you feel better and focus your mind on the important things in life.
6. EAT WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY, SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE TIRED
Learn to listen to your body when it needs food or when it needs a restful sleep. This requires that you are aware and in-tune with your mind and body.
7. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
Spend some time by yourself. Some of the best thinkers, entrepreneurs and philosophers of all time recommend at least one hour of isolated time to think every day. Thinking, listening to music, writing in a journal. But also spend time with friends who care about you. It is important to connect with others to avoid feeling socially isolated.