Stress contributes to 60 percent of all human disease. That’s a daunting statistic. The good news is that you don’t have to be a part of that statistic. These tips outline how you can change that.
Change Your Thinking
Stress is caused by negative thoughts. The best way to deal with stress, or avoid it, is by changing your thoughts. Some thoughts are truly ridiculous, such as thinking that the world will end if you do x, y or z. That might be true if you set off two or three nuclear bombs, but you’re just trying to meet quotas. Adopt positive thoughts, and keep telling yourself these thoughts.
Find Ways to Relax
You can’t control everything. You’ve already learned about mastering your thoughts, so you’re going to need a method of reversing the stress you accumulate throughout the day. Relaxation reverses stress. Take regular breaks, and find ways to truly relax while you’re on those breaks. Do yoga, meditate, or take a little catnap. Watching a quick, funny video can also help to relieve stress.
Create a “To Do” List
Thinking of what you need to do, your goals can seem like they’re on a distant horizon and unachievable. If you create a “to done” list where you focus on results, you’re more likely to knock down everything you need to get done. If you want to keep up with quarterly quotas or anything in life, you’ll need to be up on things. Be sure not to overload your list either. You need to be realistic about what you can get done in the day, but don’t be afraid to reach for more.
Take Your Health Seriously
You also need to have good health to avoid stress. When you’re tired, eat improperly or skip water, you’re putting your body over the edge and creating a recipe for stress. You can’t keep up with life’s demands while you feel horrible. You need to get a handle on your health. Regularly, get checkups, and visit specialists, like a chiropractor or an allergist, to make sure your body doesn’t have any ailments. Making sure your body is in alignment can help you focus on the day rather than a sore back.
At the end of the day, you’re in control of yourself, and that’s all you have control over. If you can’t minimize and reduce your stress, you’re going to crash. Take responsibility for your stress, and you will see a difference in your life.