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5 Ways to Manage Your Stress

17 August 2020
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Stress is an unavoidable part of life but you can take control of how you plan to deal with the stresses in your life. Part of dealing with stress is understanding what causes you stress in your life.

As a working mother, there are probably countless factors that make you feel anxious and unsettled. But you do not have to give in to this feeling; there are numerous ways to overcome it.

Once you have identified the causes of your stress, you can begin to manage it. But first, let’s take a look at some of the causes and symptoms of stress.

The Causes of Stress

The factors that cause us to feel stressed out are referred to as “stress triggers”. These stress triggers differ from person to person but are often similar and fall into the same categories.

Work-related stress:

  • Being unhappy in your job
  • Unrealistic or impossible expectations
  • Large workload
  • Long working hours
  • Poor time management

Life stresses:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Relocating
  • Financial problems
  • Setting unrealistic goals

Regardless of what is causing you stress, it can leave you feeling uncomfortable, angry, scared and unhappy. If you are displaying any of the following symptoms then you are a sufferer of stress:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive problems
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Constant worrying
  • Nausea and dizziness

How to Manage Your Stress

Stress presents itself in different ways to different people but the good news is stress is not an incurable disease – there are many ways to manage your stress. Here are a few coping mechanisms that will help you on your journey to a stress-free life:

1. Know your Stress Triggers

As stated earlier, it is important to understand what is causing you stress. Only once you know what the stress factors in your life are can you begin to work on ways to alleviate or eliminate said stress triggers.

For example, if you find that you are constantly forgetting to do work or missing deadlines, it would be a good time to develop a schedule and to-do-list. Select a specific day in which you will do your planning and develop a system for managing all the tasks in your life.

By planning ahead you are able to manage your time more effectively. Plus the satisfaction of crossing tasks off your list will also give you a confidence boost.

2. Take a Walk

Getting out into open space is a great way to clear your head, get your blood flowing and take a break from reality. Whenever you begin to feel overwhelmed or stressed out, simply take a short ten-minute walk.

In doing so you can calm down, gather your thoughts and start afresh. Walking is also a great form of exercise which is also a stress-coping mechanism – two birds with one stone!

3. Wake Up Earlier

This is probably the most dreaded of all stress coping mechanisms but it is a good one. The earlier you wake up, the more you will be able to accomplish in your day.

But do not start out by waking up 3 hours earlier. Change is all about gradual steps – Rome was not built in a day. Start by waking up 30 minutes earlier, then an hour earlier. This way your body can adjust.

You will soon find that you have a lot more time on your hands to do the things you never got time to doing.

4. Meditate

Many people do not believe in meditation practices such as yoga but studies have proven that yoga is not just beneficial for calming the body but also reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Yoga allows you to relax your mind and body, enhance your focus and destress. If you still aren’t convinced, allocate five minutes of your workday to sit still with your eyes closed and see how much better you feel after emptying your mind.

5. Make your Workspace your Own

A lot of workplace stress is a result of feeling detached. If you are not happy with your surroundings, you will always feel out of place. Buy a painting, get new curtains, and bring in a pot plant. The important take away is to make your office space your own.

Once you have made a few environmental adjustments to your workspace you will feel more comfortable and at ease while working.

And, if all else fails, having a stress ball in your office drawer cannot do any harm!

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How do you deal with stress? We would love to hear some of your coping mechanisms in the comment section on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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