Stress has always been a part of our lives. It is but a common occurrence for people to hear someone complain of how stressful his or her life was in school, at work, or even on the home front. This situation happens everywhere regardless of race, nationality, status in life, or level of education attained. Stress is just there clinging to us wherever we go, and we canít merely disregard this sad truth.
We must remember that in whatever we do, there are just some inevitable factors that cause pressure and anxiety to us. On the other hand, there are those factors that we can control. We must therefore be sensible enough to differentiate the two so that we do not end up wasting our time, effort, money and abilities on matters that we canít change.
Enumerated below is some helpful advice on how to cope with tension.
1. Identify what makes you anxious and uneasy. Making a list of your stressors is useful. Immediately deal with the issues that you can change, like waking-up late for work in the morning or beating deadlines at the last minute. Forget about the ones that you canít influence like being stuck in a traffic jam or not getting into the elevator because there is no room left.
2. Calm down. A three-minute break will do you good. You can go to the bathroom and wash your face, sneak out to buy a candy bar, or just breathe in fresh air. You can also listen to relaxing music, punch a pillow, or call someone. Releasing your inner feelings to a good friend is a healthy option.
3. It will pass; it will be over before you know it. Constantly reminding yourself that the stressful event ďwill end sooner or laterĒ can make you see the positive side of things at a light at the end of the tunnel. At the same time, stabilize your emotions and think of what is the best thing to do rather than take your energy away from what needs to be done.
4. Know yourself. Ask yourself: What triggers my anxiety? If it is your job, then maybe itís the right time for you to reconsider whether it is best to find a less stressful job. You can also make your present job more bearable by allowing yourself to get that needed vacation. Never tire yourself out by thinking about what canít be changed immediately, like a new memorandum assigning you to a new work schedule that you donít prefer. In due time, things will get better as you adjust to your work.
Eventually, you have two choices. You can change the situation or you can accept it. Thereís no other way around it.
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