A lot of things can cause emotional stress. It may be because one’s going through so much office or schoolwork; it may be because someone’s going through a heartbreak. It could also be because one has lost someone he or she cares for. At certain times, stress can even be caused by the person himself. When a person tries so hard to achieve perfection in the things he does, chances are he’s going to be stressed. No matter where it originates, there is one thing we know for sure about stress – the exhaustion encompasses the body and mind.
Stress is basically everywhere. It really can’t be avoided. What we can do about stress though is learn how to function with it and not be a slave to it.
Essentially, stress is a phenomenon that occurs in the mind. The first step in reducing stress from one’s life is finding out what causes it. It’s not as simple as it sounds. We do have stressors that are so tied down to our everyday lives that it will be hard to just delete them. We can’t just leave a challenging job or a spouse that’s starting to get to our nerves. Nonetheless, it is still ideal to first identify the things that stress you out – they may be in the form of people, activities or just mere things.
As what was just pointed out, it is irrational to simply let go of your commitments. The ideal thing to do is to edit them. Get rid of the unnecessary ones. Do you really have to join your friends drinking at night when you could at least use the time for sleep? Think about it.
Also, as much as possible, do not procrastinate. Get things done. Make a to-do list, and try to cross out as much things as you can. In this way, you’ll be more productive and not a lot of things that are waiting to be finished will bother you. Not only should the organizing be practiced in the things you do, but also on your actual desk. Avoid clutters. Looking for your things will only mess your mind and waste your time.
Learn the habit of being early, as well. Being late stresses people out. Rushing to get ready, rushing to get to a place and worrying about looking bad are such stressful practices that people fail to acknowledge.
Stop being so controlling too. Remember that you are not the master of the universe. Learn to let things go, and simply accept.
These steps may be little, and they may sound inconsequential, but when they become habits, they will surely reduce the stress in your life by a ton.