We all have stress in our lives and how we deal with it will have an affect on our outlook on life and on our long term health prospects. In order to help your body cope with stress, it’s important to eat healthy meals and drink sensibly. Many people turn to alcohol and food abuse in order to try to reduce stress. This can have an opposite effect, increasing the amount of stress the person is under. A better practice is to take up relaxation techniques and perform solo exercising. Swimming would be a good exercise to relieve stress.
Follow your values, be true to yourself. You don’t need to live by others values and expectations and it’s okay to tell someone ‘no’ in a respectful manner. Set yourself realistic goals and expectations and forgive yourself if you fall a little short; just use that as a starting point to continue reaching for your goal. If you’re feeling bad about yourself, give yourself a pep talk. Remind yourself about your successes. Take control of what you can and accept what you can’t.
If you have unhealthful habits, work to remove them from your day to day life. Things such as smoking can not only negatively affect your long term health, they can also build on your stress.
Remember, you can only do the best you can do, if there are too many demands on you and you can’t possibly fulfill them all, do the best you can do and accept you can’t do the rest. This means asking for help when appropriate and saying ‘no’ when you have to.