Stress Relief Is Just 8 Simple Action Steps Away and This Plan Will Actually Change Your Life
The overwhelming pressures of life today leave us with a daunting amount of stress in our lives. You do not have to fall prey to the evils of stress, instead you can have the abilities to turn the table on this ever growing social disease. I offer you eight simple action steps that anyone can take to further enhance the joyful moments in your life.
Stress these days is becoming more and more difficult to avoid. Although it is impossible to live a life without stress there are steps that we can take to help manage it much better. In today's fast-paced society, more than just professionals and those of us with management jobs fall victim to the pain and suffering of life's stresses. Today's never ending rat race can cause us to develop such fast moving, impulsive, stress filled lives that we often fail to achieve the success that would normally be ours under different circumstances. If you follow this basic set of life skills you will be fortunate enough to cope with the stress we all face on a daily basis.
It is really hard to focus on reaching your greatest potential in life when you are constantly dealing with the stress of daily pressures. We are much more likely to reach satisfaction and success in life by learning a few life skills management tools that can significantly reduce our levels of stress.
1. Get control of your future. Most importantly do not fail to plan ahead for the future, whether it is just a week ahead or 20 years in advance. For some reason, admitting that we need to plan ahead can be stressful and anxiety provoking, it is almost as if we think that if we have to plan, we are not in control of our lives.
When we fail to plan, we essentially plan to fail. Then, when things start to fall apart in our lives, we feel overwhelmed, threatened, get anxious, and struggle to do things to decrease our mounting anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, we are often not mentally and emotionally prepared to handle both the everyday facets of living and all the unexpected, unprepared, unplanned things that fall apart. When we panic, our adrenaline systems go into full throttle and cause even more stress and anxiety.
A wise man once said, "If you don't know where you're headed, then it really doesn't matter how you get there!" Just having a road map by which to chart your course will decrease your daily stress tremendously.
2. Learn to say "no" gracefully. This can be a tough one for some as saying "no" tends to make you feel guilty. For some reason people tend to get the idea in their head that saying "no" may cause extreme disappointment or even personal harm. However, if you learn to say "no" gracefully, then you will not feel guilty, and less guilt means less stress. When it is in your best interest to say "no" just apologize and profess that you really do not have the time to devote to what they need done and if you attempted to squeeze it in may result in an unsuccessful event.
3. Set aside time every day to just sit perfectly quiet in an area with absolutely no noise or distractions. Try something that I call "going into the quiet." Going into the quiet is where you just take 30 minutes or so and sit peacefully and perfectly still, attempting to not think directly about anything. You will find this incredibly empowering and when you least expect it the answers to your most pressing problems will just automatically come to you. Find a sanctuary to sit and quiet your mind, each of us needs a place where we feel safe and secure enough to be by ourselves. You will be surprised how easily solutions pop into your head when you are able to dedicate all your mental abilities to the task.
4. Control technological demands on your life, and do not let technology dictate your time schedule. Do you feel compelled to answer e-mail as soon as possible? You are not alone, most of us get anxious or feel guilty if we do not answer those e-mails right away. You must be the master of any technology, or you become its slave. Would you visit the post office ten times a day to get your mail? No? So, what is the worst that could happen if you do not check your e-mail five times tomorrow?
5. Learn to accept mistakes. Some of us live in fear of making a mistake, whether big or little. It is not just the fear of failure that ties up our brainpower and concentration abilities, it is also knowing that we will mentally punish ourselves if we do make a mistake. Once you learn that it is okay to make little mistakes, you will learn to deal with big mistakes without beating yourself to death. After all, if you never fall down while learning to walk, you will never learn how to pick yourself up. We all learn from our mistakes and would fail to mature as adults if we were never allowed to make them. Some behavioral scientists think that we should be teaching our kids to make mistakes at an early age so that they can learn what we have missed. A mistake is an opportunity to do better.
6. Be positive with yourself. Accept praise gracefully and honestly, and deal with criticism the same way. Most of us tend to downplay our strengths and over exaggerate our weaknesses. Doing so causes a mental conflict with our self-esteem and decreases our ability to concentrate on what is really important in life. How often do you reject or downplay a genuine compliment given to you by a friend, only to later beat yourself to death over a small, insignificant failure? You, too, can be a success in life, no matter who you are, but if you think you are not worthy of success, then you are probably right. Focus your mind on positive thinking and this will roll over into every aspect of your life.
7. Ask for help when you need it. You are not admitting defeat or inadequate if you ask others for help. Asking for help is truly just as human and natural as any other basic survival trait. How often have you offered to help someone that you know needs help? How good did it make you feel when you were able to help? Does that mean you do not want someone else to feel good when they help you? When you wait until you are overwhelmed and struggling to keep your head above water, asking for help can be very damaging to your ego and self-esteem. It is far better to ask for help earlier rather than later.
8. Learn to have fun. Most of us are under the erroneous belief that we are obligated to make sure others have fun before we are allowed to enjoy ourselves. That is emotional garbage! If you want to be successful in life, you have to experience emotional, mental, and physical recreation on a regular basis. You can not do a good job for yourself or for others if you can not learn to have fun without all the guilt of not including everybody else. Recreation is a condensed "Old World" word meaning to "re-create," go out and "re-create" yourself. Watch your stress levels drop and your focus toward success become more clear.
Well, there you are, eight simple actions you may take to improve yourself altogether. Controlling the level of our stress in everyday life will have tremendous positive implications. Keep this list of action steps that you can take posted somewheres that you will see it everyday and thus be able to review these easy stress controlling steps. I truly wish you all the success in the world and I know that you can achieve any goal that you set for yourself and know you will reach those goals with much less stress.
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Hi, I am a 44 year old Financial Adviser who has spent an incredible 25 years studying Personal Development. I am truly impassioned with helping others overcome problem areas in their lives. You will find a lot of helpful information along with some effective resources for controlling stress at: http://www.positive-thinking-for-you.com or http://www.relaxing-today.com or http://www.relaxing-now.com