Everyone experiences stress at times - adults, teens, and even kids. Stress is the body's way of reacting to meet tough situations. Working properly, the body's stress response enhances a person's ability to perform well under pressure.
So what can you do? You can learn how to handle your reactions to the stresses in your life. Here are some examples:
Adjust your attitude.
According to researchers, you can better cope with stress by focusing on three ideas: challenge, control, and commitment.
o Try to interpret stressful situations as challenges, not as threats.
o Determine what you can control. Sometimes the only thing you will be able to control in a stressful situation is the way you respond, but that‚Äôs a start.
o Make a commitment to be good to yourself by eating healthy, thinking positively, and maintaining relationships with people you care about.
Learn to problem solve.
Try to think through difficult situations systematically.
o Break problems into smaller pieces to make them less overwhelming.
o Focus on problems that really need your attention, and leave the rest.
o Know your limits.
o Learn to be flexible.
o Be realistic about your choices.
Keeping your troubles inside only adds to stress. Find someone safe to talk to about your worries; it will reduce stress and help you deal with practical problems. If you have a chronic medical condition, participate in a support group.
Regular exercise reduces stress. It helps protect the cardiovascular and immune systems from the consequences of stressful events. Whether it‚Äôs swimming, walking or another form of exercise, find time to do the activity on a regular basis.
Take control of your diet and your sleep.
It‚Äôs hard to do, but if you eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet and get a good night‚Äôs sleep, you‚Äôll have more energy to cope with stress. And if you‚Äôre tired and cranky, you‚Äôll be more susceptible to stress-related ailments.
Do something for others.
Volunteering for a worthy cause can be a great experience. It also can help you forget about your own problems and increase your self-esteem.