Combating stress in your life
Stress: A very common feeling in todayÃ¢ÂÂs world. Stress can originate from all kinds of sources Ã¢ÂÂ technology, long commutes, conflicts with coworkers, family and a lack of a work/life balance.
But we do not have to succumb to the chaos. An article by Robin Madell in U.S. News gives five Ã¢ÂÂexpert-approved strategies to knock out work stress, boost energy and become a top performer.Ã¢ÂÂ They are:
1. Ã¢ÂÂDecide if you want more or less of certain activities.Ã¢ÂÂ What in your daily routine gives you energy and makes you feel more balanced? Do more of it. The opposite is true too. If something you do causes you grief, do it less often.
2. Ã¢ÂÂThink about what you should start or stop.Ã¢ÂÂ Taking No. 1 a step further, are there certain Ã¢ÂÂfeel goodÃ¢ÂÂ activities that arenÃ¢ÂÂt in your current schedule that that should be? Are there activities that should be cut out completely?
3. Ã¢ÂÂBeware of snowballing.Ã¢ÂÂ Madell notes that excessive stress has been linked with accelerated aging, increased risk of cancer and other diseases. Try to change the chronic stressors in your life before they become too big to handle.
4. Ã¢ÂÂRecognize sources of secondhand stress.Ã¢ÂÂ DonÃ¢ÂÂt let othersÃ¢ÂÂ stress become yours.
5. Ã¢ÂÂBanish toxic thoughts.Ã¢ÂÂ Be confident and believe in your abilities. The more positive your thinking, the less that difficult circumstance will affect you.
While maintaining zero stress in our lives likely isnÃ¢ÂÂt an option (some suggest small doses of stress can actually be helpful to us), the strategies above can help us keep our stress levels in check. Personally, I find regular exercise and frequent rides on my Harley relieve my stress. What works for you?