5 Ways To Cope With Everyday Stress

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Stress is not always easy to cope with nowadays. We live in such a fast-paced world that we don't even know how to stop and assess the situation. I'm no expert in the field of stress, but I could almost guarantee we live with more now than we ever have in the past (and that is saying something). While some situations are harder to resolve, there are tactics you can use to ease the daily struggles.

I've come up with a five-step approach to deal with stress. It might not work for everyone, but I have found it to be successful for me in the past. Again, each situation is different. I am not an expert in this field. I would always encourage that, if you cannot find peace in your day to day life, to seek counsel. Whether it be a friend or professional, there is nothing wrong with needing help.

We all need it; we sometimes are too afraid to ask. You can still try these tactics out and see if they work. None of these will make it worse; they might not make it better. For me, I have found that these five tips have improved my day to day living immensely. I hope they can do the same for someone else.

Breathe
The first thing to do in a stressful situation is to breathe. I'm not talking about what we always do too, you know, survive. By practicing deep breathing techniques, it can help improve your mind and your mood. There are so many articles and classes out there that teach proper procedures in this field. Alternatively, take a few deep breathes slowly (through the nose and out the mouth). Sometimes that is all we need to calm down.

You can also take this practice into meditation. While I've slowed down on my routine, I did start a meditation routine some years back. Each night before bed I would use a meditation app (Headspace) and, afterward, I would feel calm and composed. Again, there are various practices out there for each person. Find what works best for you. Even if you can only dedicate five minutes a day, it genuinely does help.

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Timeline
I've used this technique since I was a teenager in high school worrying about homework assignments (I wish that were my only struggles now). When you are in the middle of a stressful situation ask yourself if it is something to worry about genuinely. Will this moment effect you in five days? What about five months? A year? Sometimes putting it into perspective like this helps you to realize it is not worth worrying about logically.

This technique doesn't always work, but it is a great method to keep in the back of your mind. I usually pair this with another plan to help put my thoughts at ease. Sometimes we need that knowledge that the stress we have is too minuscule to let it ruin our day.

Distract
I'm not a massive advocate on this for the fact that the stress will still be there. I use this method only when I cannot get out of my head. If I'm stressing too much on something, I will stop what I'm doing and start another task that brings me joy (or at least keeps me busy). This distraction could be anything from your favorite hobby to deep cleaning the house. I cannot tell you how many times I have organized my entire home because I was trying to forget what I was worried about at that moment.

Again, this isn't a cure for stress. It can sometimes help dissipate the situation if it is small enough, but usually, your worry will still be there. I do think this is beneficial for the fact that it gets you out of your head for a little bit. Sometimes stress becomes empowered when we overthink. By stepping away from the situation, we can go back to it with a clear mind.

Identify
This tactic is a problematic method that probably is the best way to conquer your stress. Instead of distracting yourself, you are walking into the eye of the storm. By identifying why you are stressed and what put you in that situation, you can start to fix the problem. I use this when I'm writing. If I'm getting stressed at deadlines and a lack of motivation I'll ask myself why I feel this way.

Is it because I didn't give myself enough time to get something done? If that is the case, I'll plan on waking up earlier to get the task completed. If the stress is over money, I'll come up with a way to make more. By identifying the issue, you can start to create a plan of action to eliminate that stressor.

Write
I know not everyone likes writing, but it is a great method to reduce stress. There are so many ways you can use this to your advantage. For instance, you could start a journal. Sometimes we need to get our thoughts on paper so that it is not jumbled up and confusing. Writing it down can clear out your head so you can focus on what is essential.

You can also use this method to write down lists and plans of actions. Once you identify why you are stressing out, write down what you can do to change. I'm a fan of this technique because it gives me goals to conquer and nothing feels better than crossing off a task. I recently had some stress about my finances. I let it overtake my emotions until I was in complete despair.

Instead of letting it ruin my day, I got out a notepad and started writing. I made a list of all the things I owe and, once I found a total, came up with a list of things I can do to fix the problem. By just doing this I felt better immediately. It doesn't matter how you write it down, but you need to put it on paper.

How do you cope with stressful situations? Do you use any of these techniques? Let me know in the comments below. We all have worries in our life. However, we do not have to let it consume us if we don't want to.


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