Cut your stress back today. Trying some of these easy techniques to reduce stress will help you meet it head-on and break it down before it tries to break you down. From work to your personal life, these research-backed techniques are easy to apply and will help you find peace.
1) Plan your day
One great way to cut your stress back is to plan your day out so that you know exactly what you have to do, when you have to do it, and how much time you have to do it. “According to one study, the stress-management technique that worked best was deliberately planning your day so that stress is minimized.” The thing is that when you have a clear picture of what, when, and where you have to get things done – you can accomplish those things. If you run out of time, you can move down your priority list and return to the things you ran out of time for later. This will help you work on your projects and focus solely on those projects while you are working on them because you know the time allotted for work and you know when you need to switch things up. Planning your day is a great way to reduce stress before it even sets in.
2) Set your expectations
“The difference between a fun challenge and stressful work is often just a feeling of control.” When you do not feel like you have control over your job, you tend to start to stress because you feel like a part of your life is out of control. “The best way to reduce job stress is to get a clear idea of what is expected of you. Stop working overtime; it’s not worth it.” When you set expectations and meet them, you are doing your job. Do not waste away your days stressing about things you cannot control or do not need to control. Set and meet your expectations and do no more and no less, and you will find happiness and less stress much sooner in life.
3) Concentrate on the positive
Focusing on the positive and letting go of the negative will take you leaps and bounds closer to happiness than focusing on the negative will. “Another key element of stress is where you focus your attention. Think about benign outcomes or concentrate on the positive.” When you reduce your stress by thinking about the positive, you are doing yourself a favor. Sitting and dwelling on the worst possible outcomes will help nobody in any situation because it will just breed more anxiety. Focus on the positive and you will reduce stress significantly without even needing to move from where you are sitting.