Seven tips to reduce stress in your everyday life
- Identify the causes of tension. By recognizing the real reasons behind your stress, you can learn to feel more in control.
- Accept tension as an everyday part of life. Often the best way to cope is to “go with the flow” and to accept those stressors that you cannot currently change.
- Laugh and learn. Instead of getting irritated, laugh at life's annoyances and learn from your mistakes. Humor is a powerful tool in helping build resilience.
- Nurture relationships that matter. More interpersonal contact with the right people can help relieve stress; accept help when it is offered. Spend less time with negative, stress-inducing friends or co-workers.
- Focus on the positives. Recognize that for everything that may go wrong, there may be multiple things that go right or opportunities that appear. Be grateful of your accomplishments and celebrate your successes.
- Break from routines. At work and at home, monotony also can cause stress. Remember you can change the script of your life.
- Seek support. Don’t wait until you reach your breaking point. Recognize and admit that you are feeling anxious and tense. Pay attention to your body's physical signs of stress (e.g., headaches, stomach discomfort).