If you often find yourself swamped with everything that you need to accomplish in a day, you may discover that you feel stressed and constantly anxious. If you allow this to persist, serious physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual repercussions may result.
To ensure that stress and anxiety will not rule your life, balance is essential. Following are a few ways to reduce anxiety and stress by creating greater balance in life.
Anxiety and Stress Management Steps
First… Acknowledge what is. It helps to recognize and validate your own reality. Look within, notice and accept how you are feeling and how you truly feel about the tasks at hand.
Identify what makes you most stressed out and what you find most helpful. If you feel that you need someone to listen — or just need to feel supported, go out with friends or family. Bouncing your ideas off of people you trust can be both freeing and empowering. Recognizing how you feel about things will help you find the best path to take — leading to emotional balance, thus reducing stress.
Examine, set goals, plan tasks, and prepare. List everything that must be done. This will give you a concrete idea of the load you have on your shoulders. Identify each task’s priority and set it accordingly. Set a target for each task, plan on how to accomplish it and prepare for the process. Organizing tasks into smaller “chunks” will give you a better grip on things, allowing you greater perspective and less of a sense of free floating anxiety and overwhelm.
Balance work with play. Do you work to live or live to work? There isn’t much point to all our hard work if it consumes all available energy and resources.
Eat nutritious food. Snacking on something like an apple is an excellent way to get a quick energy boost.
Adequate sleep is also important: Getting short naps throughout the day and sleeping for at least 5 hours at night will do wonders for your body. And of course, exercise is a great option — if you’ll actually do it!
While you may believe that 24 hours is not enough time for you to get everything done, taking breaks to do off-task things like watching a little TV, listen to a good song, read a book, or do absolutely nothing will allow your mind and body to recharge itself to carry out the tasks for the rest of the day. Giving yourself a break every once in a while will do wonders for your stress and anxiety level.
Feeling stressed? There is a great mnemonic you can use to help get into balance: HALT! Check in with yourself and ask: “Am I Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?” If so, take action to meet the specific need(s) you are experiencing and you may experience noticeable relief.
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