The first step in coping with stress is to discover the cause of the stress or the stressor. The battle is half won if you are able to discover the cause of the stress. The next thing you should do when you have discovered the cause of the stress is to master and apply techniques that can help you reduce the intensity of the stressor since it is practically impossible to eliminate the cause of stress completely. Some of these techniques are easy to master while some require the help of a professional therapist. Here are some stress coping techniques to apply.
Change your eating habit: Some people erroneously think that they will reduce or cope with stress by taking to alcohol and abusing foods. Food and alcohol abuse will only aggravate the problem rather than solving it. The key to strengthening your body stress response is to make healthy choices and avoid alcohol abuse.
Be true to yourself
Most people today are stressed up simply because they are not themselves. They want to meet the expectations of others. You have life to live and not another person's life. So, you should always try to assert yourself. Asserting yourself here means living according to your convictions and beliefs and standing up for your rights. This also entails that you should respect the right, convictions and beliefs of others.
Being true to yourself also implies taking responsibility of your action. Remember that you cannot do everything. You are limited in your ability. But you should always live and act to the best of your ability. What you cannot do or what is beyond your ability, you have to leave it behind and concentrate on things you can do.
Set realistic goals and realizable expectations
One of the reasons why some people get stressed up and become disappointed in life is because they set unrealizable or unrealistic expectations for themselves. It is always to plan your life and set your goals. But when you are doing, make sure that your expectations are realizable. This means that you should set goals that can accomplish with the means available to you and your natural abilities. If you don't have the ability and means to achieve the goals you set for yourself, you will become stressed up along the way.
Take time to relax and rest
Make sure that you have to time to relax yourself. To spend all your time working. You should have moments of relaxation. If you relax and take enough rest, you will be able to fight stress. In fact, it is almost impossible to deal with stress if you cannot rest, sleep and eat well.
Try to have a positive attitude in life
Think positively and believe in yourself. You will start failing in life the moment you start having a low image of yourself. Believe in your ability to succeed. With such a positive thinking, you will see yourself succeeding. If your stress is caused by low self esteem, it will begin to fizzle out.