Step 1: Make stress relief a habit
It is important to take time out of your day to release stress. Stress can gradually build up over time until one day the smallest mishap can feel like your world is crumbling. To avoid the build-up, we need to take regular and small steps, whether you are feeling stressed or not. You should try relax and find clarity throughout the day.
Step 2: Find the time
It is important to take time each day to refocus your thoughts and work through stress management techniques such as meditating. You only need 10 minutes and a quiet space to start experiencing the benefits.
Step 3: Use techniques which work
While stress is an automatic response from your nervous system, you can predict when some stressors are likely to occur: your commute to work, a meeting with your boss, or family gatherings, for example. The fastest way to reduce stress is by taking a deep breath but next time you’re feeling stressed, try the 4 A technique – avoid, alter, adapt, accept
- Avoid unnecessary stress
- Alter the situation
- Adapt the stressor
- Accept the things you can’t change
Step 4: Practice, practice, practice
Stress management, like meditation, is a long process and it can take time to master and mange it. Find what works and keep going. At points, it may feel silly to close your eyes and try to hear the street traffic below. This active management is essential, however, and will help you live a stress-free life.