For all of us who are running life’s race without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, it can be a stressful journey. It is pretty much much common to feel stressed in our current society. However, when you are feeling stressed remind yourself of this quote by Mahatma Gandhi:

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

Stress can be caused by several factors like a life-changing event such as the death of a loved one, moving houses, changing jobs, writing an exam or getting test results. It’s important to have a coping mechanism in place, to deal with stressful situations on a day-to-day basis. We have a few tips for you.

Try to make a list

When you are given several responsibilities at the same time, it may be a good idea to write down all the tasks on paper. This helps in remembering all the things you have to do as well as prioritise them. It reduces the worry about forgetting important things and will also free up your mind from focusing on other things. While, making to-do lists try to keep it short with just 2-5 items that are important for the day.

Ask someone if you are not sure

If you have several queries and are not sure how to go about it, ask someone instead of guessing the answer. It is a lot harder to deal with misunderstandings or have to do a piece of work all over again because you didn’t ask the crucial question.

Work on the stress factors that you can control

The worst thing about stress feeling like you have no power or control over it. When you fail at something, you get more anxious and feel helpless as it is beyond your control. For instance, at work, if the scope of a project is stressing you out, it may be best to speak to your team leader or break down the project with specific objectives and deadlines.

Stress can come in many forms, it may be present for short periods or remain for long periods of time. However, it is essential to not become overwhelmed by the feeling and remember that it will go away after some time. Long term stress factors can cause problems like hypertension or depression. Therefore, stop the stress at an early stage by consulting with a professional.

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