As the new year comes rolling in, many people have either made resolutions or goals that they’re hoping to accomplish this year. For a larger number of people, their goal likely has something to do with better managing the amount of stress they feel in their life. When you’re too stressed, you can feel a lot of negative impacts on your mind and body. So to help you have a healthier, happier 2018, here are three tips for helping you to better manage your stress.
Pinpoint What’s Stressing You Out
Depending on your lifestyle, the things that stress you out will vary. Additionally, something that used to not cause you stress could now be causing you stress. So to find ways to help de-stress your life, you first have to know what it is that’s stressing you out. This may be your job, your relationships, or a side business you’re working on. According to HelpGuide.org, it’s important not to confuse the thing that you think is causing you stress with the underlying reason for your stress. If you’re able to find the reason rather than just the trigger for your stress, you’ll be much more likely to address that stress effectively.
Give Yourself A Break
Once you’ve pinpointed what it is that’s causing stress in your life, it’s now time for you to find a way to either limit or completely eliminate that stressor. To help with this, WebMD.com recommends that you discover some ways that you can give yourself a break. While this might include just avoiding what’s causing you stress, you might also choose to do something that causes you joy or helps you to feel relaxed. By allowing yourself to slow down and give your mind and body a break, you can better handle the stress you feel in your life.
Aside from simply just giving yourself a break from what’s stressing you out, you can and should also find ways that you can manage the stress you’re feeling in the moment. To more effectively do this, the American Psychological Association suggests that you practice meditation on a regular basis. By learning how to be more mindful and relax your mind, you can allow yourself to let go of feelings or emotions that are causing you stress both in your body and in your mind. This will give you the chance to relieve some of your stress and better deal with the stress that everyone goes through from time to time.
If you’ve had too much stress in your life recently, consider how you can use the tips mentioned above to help you better manage this stress and live a healthier, happier life this year.