Let’s face it: we live in a fast-paced, stressful world. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Some people face the stress of being “on the clock” 24/7, chained to their smartphone and email for work. Others have the pressure of raising and providing for children. Others struggle with unemployment and underemployment. Whatever may be causing you stress, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to learn skills to mitigate it. Here are some tips that can steer you towards a happier life.
Handling Anger and Rage
Let’s begin by addressing people who channel stress negatively into anger and rage. As we say to children, “It’s okay to be angry.” It’s a natural and healthy emotion. If it turns to rage or violence turned towards others, though, it’s definitely not okay. This is one of the more extreme manifestations of stress and can lead to terrible consequences. If you have rage issues, professional help is the best answer, whether it takes the form of online anger management courses, or sessions with a licensed therapist.
Learning to Worry Less
Worry and anxiety are less severe and more common than rage. Professional guidance can certainly help if you channel your stress into them, but there are some things you can do on your own to lessen them. The key is always to mentally “take a step back.” For some, it’s helpful to imagine the worst-case scenario, and then realize how unlikely it is to happen, or if it does, what the outcome would be. This logical compartmentalization helps give worriers valuable perspective and makes the problem seem more manageable. Remember that worrying about something unpleasant makes you live through it over and over. Giving it appropriate weight and dealing with it means you only have to do it once.
Developing Healthy Habits and Hobbies
The healthier you are, the less stressful you tend to find life. Regular exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happier. This doesn’t have to be a two-hour intense gym visit, a 20-minute daily walk or mindful practice like yoga or Pilates will help. Staying in shape eliminates many stressors related to health problems, like diabetes and low self-esteem. It will also give you more energy to face your day.
It’s difficult for any of us to control how much stress comes into our lives. But how we handle it is entirely in our power. Use these tips to fight back against outside stressors.