To begin with, first you have to figure out what's making you stressed? Is it your job, a family matter, or something else? As a primary step to manage it, identify the cause.
The mantras for effective stress management are threefold - being in control of the ‘situation’, building emotional strength, and adopting a positive outlook.
Physical activity can get you in the right state of mind in identify the causes of your stress and also in finding a solution for it. Though exercise won’t make your stress disappear just with a snap of fingers but it will definitely reduce the emotional intensity, will clear your thoughts and enable you to deal with your problems more patiently.
Take control of the situation
There is always a solution to every problem. If you keep on thinking passively that you can’t do anything about my problem, your stress will get worse. Take control of the situation. This will empower you and is a crucial part of finding a solution.
Connect with people
‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ - this adage is so apt for the stress eliminating situations. A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your work troubles and help you see things in a different way. Being with friends and sharing a good laugh sometimes prove to be excellent stress busters.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Relying on alcohol, smoking and caffeine are the worst soothing agents to distress. These unhealthy practices will never solve the problem rather will create new ones. It might provide temporary relief but the effect would be short lived and unhealthy.
Participate in some volunteer work
People who help others become more resilient. Helping others who are often in a situation worse than yours might help you see your own problem with a new perspective. Do a good deed every day. It could be as small as helping someone to cross the road.
Work smart, not hard
Good time management and efficient work prioritisation gives quality work. Slogging on for longer hours will make the task dull. Try to concentrate and finish the work within a set time. The feeling of accomplishment will distress automatically.
Sport a positive attitude
Look up to the positives in life and things for which you are happy and grateful. Make a conscious effort to be more positive in life. Believe in “if no one can do it, I WILL do it” attitude.
Accept things which you can't change
Changing a situation up side down isn't always possible. Recognise and accept things as they are. Focus on things you can do best in that situation.
Follow this STRESS technique:
S - Sleep well and sleep enough
T - Time management
R - Relax and rest
E - Exercise regularly
S - Smile, always
S - Simplify life