#9 Tips To Help You Handle Stress!

I can't believe we are already at the end of 2017! It's been a long roller coaster ride for me and I'm thankful for every part of my journey. I hope it's been an awesome one for you too!

The holiday period is here and I know how we tend to have so much going on and how we can be under pressure to act quickly, impress others, organise, put things in place, and meet up with tight schedules or deadlines at work which eventually leads to stress.

This is why, I decided to share some really good tips that can help you stay cool even while under stress or tensed atmospheres.

Take a deep breathe

The first thing to do when in an abnormal situation is to try take a deep breathe and calm down. Get away from the noise or drama happening around and just breathe. It will help you focus on what's really important and ease the tension.

Listen to a relaxing song

This is one thing I do always, I put on my earphones and just relax with a cool classical or inspiring song. Sometimes, I just listen to strings or the piano playing. It soothes the nerves and keeps me cool, calm, and collected.

Think about the meaningful progress you've made so far

Not everyone can do this especially when under intense pressure or difficult situations but if you can, it thus help too. Try to think and reflect on all that you've accomplished so far and the progress made. If you haven't accomplished anything, then reflect on everything that went right for you. It will motivate you!

Be Positive

The last thing you want to be found doing is responding negatively. It makes it all worse and leaves you feeling empty, discouraged, and depressed. Try to be positive, think positive things, watch positive things, listen to positive things, do positive things. Detach yourself from negativity!

Stop setting unrealistic deadlines

I know this can be beyond you but you have to stop it. Set clear realistic goals only! Don't be afraid to ask for more time to finish up if need be but please don't choke yourself with so much and end up delivering below standard or below expectations. Give yourself a good and realistic deadline!

Learn to say 'NO'

I learned this a long time ago! You can't please everyone, there will always be someone who feels you are not doing enough. So, instead of wanting to be nice and feel all liked due to fear of conflict, rejection, or opportunities, learn to say NO especially if it will displease you or make you feel uncomfortable.

Get help

I am not too good at doing this but I'm learning everyday that it's actually okay to ask for help from someone you trust. You can also try calling your friend or loved one explaining the situation on ground and their reply may just be the only thing to help take all the stress out. When you share your concerns or feeling with another person, it helps relieves the stress.

Get some sleep

Am I the only one who finds it difficult to sleep under serious tensed situations? I find myself rolling all over the bed. It can actually be hard to sleep when faced with serious problems but once I get to catch it, I always feel so much better. Some say, lack of sleep is one of the most significant cause of stress. How true?

Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine

I brought this last because I feel it's necessary we all know that caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol are strong stimulants of stress. And rather than it reducing your stress level, they tend to increase it. Please avoid it!

How do you manage stress? How do you keep calm and cool under stress or tight deadlines? What has helped you? Share with others below!

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