Coping With Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We won’t just be able to get rid of it completely. In reality, you wouldn't want to get rid of stress completely because, believe it or not, stress is also good for you. Stress revs up our internal engines and makes us ready to take action. The problems occur when we don't deal with the situations at hand. This keeps our engines running but we are not going anywhere. Life isn't meant to be lived as a Formula 1 Race.

Lily Tomlin once said, "Some people say life is a rat race.  If we take that attitude, then even if you win, you're yet a rat".   

Life doesn't have to be a rat race.  We could learn to live with stress as we learn to let balance into our lives.  It is best not to think of it as something difficult because it really isn’t.  We just need some basic stress control in our live.  Here are ways of coping with stress. 

How to cope with stress 

1.  Get more sleep. 

The first step in coping with stress is to be sure that we are getting enough sleep.  This is the first thing that people fail to do, yet it is so important.  They feel that because they have so much stuff to do they have to cut back on sleep in an attempt to get more time in their day.  This is a never-ending devil's circle because the less sleep we have, the more tired we become and the less able to cope and then the more stress we feel. 

Dealing with stress does not have to do with the amount of time we have, but with the quality.  By being well rested, we are clearing our head and therefore, we are able to come up with more or better solutions to our problems.  If we are overtired we will accomplish less and keep going in circles. 

Try and find a balance in your sleep cycle.  Go to bed the same time every night and get yourself into a sleeping routine that your body could count on and get adjusted to.  

2.  Eat a balanced diet. 


What does diet have to do with stress?  Just about everything!  Our bodies have to run like a well tuned engine.  If we feed it crap you will be feeling like crap.  That simple!  You need a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and lots of water to keep running well. 

3.  Stop Procrastinating 

Procrastination is the biggest stress producer.  If you don't have time to fix all your problems right away, at least take aside some time each day to work on a part of the problem.  Deal with it in small chunks and soon enough the problem will be gone.  

A Mountain is moved one stone at a time.  Begin by moving your stones and you'll get rid of your mountain. 

4.  Manage Your Time Successfully 

Just like money, time also should be budgeted.  You only have certain amount of hours in one day and they must be used wisely.  The key here is balance.  Make sure to take some time to work, deal with problems and relax. 

You should make sure to include some relaxation time for yourself, even if you only have 15 minutes a day to do it.  Add it to your schedule and ensure you take this time for yourself.  Even if this means you have to go to your room and lock the door to get it, be sure to do it. 

There are many things you can do to relax and get your mind at ease.  Simple things such as a walking outside can help restore frazzled nerves and give you time to reflect on your life.  Other choices would be a nice, warm bath, or a quiet spot where you will be able to meditate. 

Mediation does not have to be anything big or complicated.  Only find some quiet time and let all cares out of your mind.  Try to think of nothing for fifteen minutes.  I find it easier when I imagine a black screen in front of me.  Every time a thought comes through my mind I repeat to myself that I don’t want to think at the moment.  My black screen is on.  Only do nothing, think nothing and be completely at peace for those fifteen minutes.  It will do wonders for you.  After you will find that you can think much more clearly.  A quiet mind brings about answers that you would never normally think of. 

Lastly, the effects stress will have on you will depend on the way you react to it.  Stress is like a bully at school who keeps coming around to taunt you.  You can let him have your candy or you could stand up and do something about it.  The choice is yours.