Anyone reading this will for sure has experienced some form of stress be it at work, studies or to cope with finances. Although stress may be a good motivator to perform well and produce the desired results, it can seriously have implications on your job, family life and even worse, on your health. In this article, we will be giving a few tips on how to reduce stress.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
Studies have shown that the consumption of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine is the prime factor of stress as they act as stimulants to the body. Excessive intake of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine also contributes to the risk of anxiety and panic attacks. We suggest that you swap caffeinated and alcoholic drinks with water, herbal teas or fruit juices and aim to keep yourself hydrated as this will enable your body to cope better with stress.
Manage your time
At times, we all feel overwhelmed with our ‘to do list’ and this is most definitely a common cause of stress. You need to accept that you cannot do everything at once and that the key to reduce stress is to prioritise your work. It is important that you take note of the tasks that you need to do personally and what can be delegated to others. When prioritising your tasks, we also suggest establishing timeframes so that you will know how much time to dedicate for each task.
Always remember that in your ‘to do list’ you need to factor in buffer times for any unexpected or emergency tasks that may crop up throughout the day.
Learn to say ‘no’
Being overloaded with tasks is a common cause of stress, yet the majority of us still agree to take on additional responsibilities. Learning to say ‘no’ to additional or unimportant requests will help to reduce your stress levels and will develop your self-confidence.
We all want to impress and perform well at the place of work and many people find it hard to say ‘no’, especially when they want to be liked. It is important that before you say ‘no’ to something you make a conscious decision considering the importance of the task and where certain projects can lead you eventually in your career.
If stress is getting to you, you might want to hit the mat and give yoga a try. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. This can help you to relax, managing stress and anxiety.
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