Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to Keep Stress Under Control

How to Keep Stress Under Control.
Sleeping problems, unexplainable sadness, panic attacks, sudden anger, and/or moodiness are signs of stress. When you already have one or two of those symptoms, you should be aware that you need to do something.
The most helpful method of dealing with stress is learning how to manage the stress that comes along with any new challenge, good or bad. Knowing how to “de-stress” and doing it when things are relatively calm can help you get through challenging circumstances that may arise. 
Here are some things that can help keep stress under control.
  • Take a stand against over-scheduling. You know your limitations; just do the things that receive priority and cut out the unnecessary ones.
  • Be realistic. Don't try to be perfect - no one is.
  • Get a good night's sleep. Getting enough sleep helps keep your body and mind in top shape, making you better equipped to deal with any negative stressors.
  • Learn to relax. Reading a good book, making time for a hobby, or spending time with your pet can put you at ease and reduce stress.
  • Treat your body well. Getting regular exercise helps people manage stress. And eat well to help your body get the right fuel to function at its best. Under stressful conditions, the body needs vitamins and minerals more than ever.
  • Watch what you're thinking. A healthy dose of optimism can help you make the best of stressful circumstances.
  • Solve the little problems. Learning to solve everyday problems can give you a sense of control. But avoiding them can leave you feeling like you have little control and that just adds to stress. 
 Nice to know:
  • Having a little stress can help keep you on your toes, ready to rise to a challenge.
  • Stress-management skills work best when they're applied regularly, not just when the pressure's on.