30/03/20204 min read

How To Cope With Stress Effectively

Stress can happen to anyone at any time. 

It can be mild or intense, It can be short or long-lived. It can even lead to panic sadness, inability to handle some things or it can be dealt with effectively. 

Stress can either define your life experiences or be something that motivates you. Instead of worrying all the time, use that energy for positive motivation. 

You will rise though if you learn that stress is a  part of life and that you do not need to control. You only need to learn to cope, not control it.

Some efficient ways to cope with stress are the following:

Break down Your Task or To-Do List

The first step towards clearing it is writing it down, so you create a to-do list. But what do you do once you get there? Do you start with the easiest task and work your way to the most difficult? Do you start with the most urgent or the most important or a mix of both?

Breaking down your task list can help you cope with stress. You will find that people, circumstances will change that lift the stress from you, but your attitude in any situation is what keeps stress truly at bay.

Breaking down your task management is about what is most important to you in life and your day to day functioning:

  • Write down all your tasks that need to be done, in no particular order.
  • Take out a calendar or planner and plot out when you will begin each task.
  • Prioritize each day what you need to get down and follow this method.
  • Start over and do it all over again regularly.

A to-do list is more than just task and time management. It is about priorities. When you know your priorities, you are less stressed about the choices you have to make.

Schedule Breaks for Yourself

It’s very important to recharge. When you are creating a to-do list, you need to ask yourself, “When is the best time for me to recharge and relax so I don’t let this overwhelm me?” This isn’t the same as procrastination. You give yourself a timer and let yourself rest when you set it.

Scheduling breaks in your day is something many of us forget to do.

Don’t be guilty in your pursuit of the best problem-solving skills because taking breaks will actually enhance your skills leaving you with less stress overall.

Meditate to Release Tension

Meditation and mindfulness can help in any situation with learning how to use our inner strength to grow and give. We can learn from meditation that life is current, and we can either swim with it or get pulled under.

Meditation can help us release stress sometimes more than anything else. It brings us very much into the present. Worrying is about the future is an emotional response to worry and pressure that tends to feel very negative.

Mindfulness is about using the present moment to the best of your ability. You can be meditative in it with the simplest of tasks. It’s grounding yourself with each moment in terms of using the task at hand to be present.

You can be cooking, washing your hands, eating, or walking outside. All you need to do is breathe and be in the moment in order to meditate.

Be Grateful

Stop what you’re doing. Think about what you still have. Rather than seeing the odds as against you, see what you have already done and already have. This will help you to move forward.

It doesn’t mean you discount the pain you have had in any situation, but you acknowledge what you can do with it. You are not over. This stress will not define you or decide for you. You can use what you have right here and right now to make a difference.

Your thoughts have power. Using gratitude to defeat stress is something you can do daily. You can actually train your brain to be more grateful by coming up with at least three things daily that you are grateful for.