Stress Management- Handling Stress- Part 2
In the previous blog post here, we looked at the things which invite unnecessary stress in our lives. We also looked at the ways in which we can create a more organized way of living which is free of stress. Small changes in our lifestyle can eliminate the so called stress. Sometimes we are also beguiled by the idea of stress and so we always want to remain in a state of stress. Some even opine that stress is necessary to accomplish certain tasks. However, the truth is quite opposite. Stress hampers your productivity and brings down the quality of work you deliver. It impairs our peaceful state of being. Let us look at some other steps which we can take to eliminate stress from our life.
Say No For No:
Many times we fear telling the word ‘No’ to others and we say ‘Yes’ when we actually mean NO. For instance, your colleague is throwing a party at her home and is expecting help from you before the party begins. The same day you have an important document to submit and also attend the PTA meeting. You clearly know that you will be too busy to give a helping hand to your colleague. Instead of giving her a false commitment and then reaching the party just a few minutes before it begins, it is better to say that you are occupied and you will not be able to help her. Giving out false commitments just because you can’t say no not only creates a great deal of stress but can leave you overwhelmed at the end of the day.
Trying to control or change others is another factor that adds stress to our lives. Wisdom lies in knowing that people will always do what they really want to and not what you want them to. What is in control of you is how you respond to people and situations. Learn to let go the need to regulate lives of others or the need to teach good habits to others. For instance, you might feel that having a single burger even once in a week damages your health whereas your son might feel that it’s okay to treat your taste buds once in a while. Each individual is unique. Learn to love people as they are and accept situations which you cannot change.
Doing a variety of tasks at a time brings down your ability to focus. When you are doing more than one task at a time, you neither can complete the tasks on time nor can ensure the quality of work you are doing. You will surely not be able to put 100 percent and as you keep juggling between tasks, you will only feel more stress.