How can I fight stress?

We must bear in mind that stress is part of our daily lives and that the amount of tension that each person can tolerate is different; In addition, it varies according to the vital, personal, work or family moment. We have seen that the stress and the motives that lead us to it are different for each person; Therefore, there is no golden rule that allows us to address the problem evenly. The treatment or preventive measures are customized depending on the events or personal life.

In cases where the cause of stress is inevitable, such as an exam, a disease, etc, the strategy is to deal with the problem in the healthiest way possible, avoiding repeating previous models that have not worked for us.

We can implement tips at different levels to try to handle it once it appears or, better yet, prevent it before its appearance.

So that:

  • Relax: Each person relaxes differently, so that any technique that provides us with relaxation is valid: walks, hobbies, yoga, specific relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, meditation, general accomplishment of pleasant activities. Other techniques are also valid: acupuncture, taichi, etc. In general, spend time on the things you like and give you pleasure; They are as important as usual work and generate health and well-being. Have fun in a healthy way.
  • Exercise: Walking, running, swimming. It is better an aerobic or outdoor exercise and always taking into account our limitations and fitness. Doing sports releases endorphins and makes us feel good, as well as improving physical and psychological conditions, as many studies show.
  • Eat healthy: A healthy diet, for example, based on the Mediterranean diet, will allow us to be prepared to face periods of stress. Avoid alcohol and excess caffeine and exciting substances.
  • Learn to say "no": Set priorities, everything does not have the same importance. Surely there are activities you are doing today that are postponeable without causing harm. Plan the day, do not be overwhelmed by the daily activity.
  • Get organized: Schedule your activities, have an agenda, save time for yourself, your family and your leisure. Have a schedule that blocks external agents. Control your accessibility.
  • Have realistic expectations: Lower your level of demand for yourself and others. Recognize your anxiety and treat it if necessary, always on the advice of the medical professional. Be tolerant of others and think positive.
  • Share your emotions: Express your emotions and don't internalize them. Laugh, cry.
  • Anticipate stress. Recognize your situation and anticipate the problem. Get strong and face the problem as realistically as possible. Ask for help if you think you just won't be able to face it.
  • Be neat. Order your personal space. Try to change habits that generate stress. Having many projects at the same time creates confusion, prioritizes and tries to work them one by one until their completion.
  • Sleep well: adequate and restful rest allows a high work rate. A bad rest accumulates tiredness and stress.
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