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10 Tips to Overcome Emotional Stress

Updated on July 12, 2018
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Almost everyone can remember a time when they felt overwhelmed by their stress. Possibly feeling so much stress they are unable to function. When this happens, there are a few tips that everyone should put to use that can control this emotional stress, allowing you to get back to normal.

Take a Deep Breath

The first step for people struggling with emotional stress is to stop, pause, and take a deep breath. When people are feeling a significant amount of stress, the temptation is to start trying to fix it immediately. People may start to rush through their work, drive faster, or skip to the end of something just to try and get it off their plate. This will lead to mistakes that will only compound the situation. By taking a deep breath, people will give their mind a moment to pause and start to think straight. Then, the problems can be solved. Start with a deep breath.

Make a List of the Problems

Once people have paused to take a breath, it is important to make a list. This means a list of everything that is causing stress. This could be errands that need to be run, stuff that needs to be cleaned, or even work projects that are causing stress. Anything that is on this list is something that needs to be addressed. Sometimes, stress develops because people don't even know what they need to do. The idea of making a list is to fix this and give a name to the stress.

Prioritize the Items on the List

After the list has been made, the next step is to prioritize this list. This means that everything should be assigned a value based on how important it is. Stuff that is more important should rise to the top of the list. The more important or pressing the issue is, the more stress it is likely to cause. This helps people objectively and easily quantify how important something is and the amount of stress that it causes. In this fashion, people will start to eliminate the stress by prioritizing the problems.

Rank List Items by Difficulty

In addition to prioritizing the items on the list by importance, they should also be ranked by difficulty. The easier something is to accomplish, the quicker it can be crossed off the list. In addition, items that require help from another source or have items that must be completed ahead of time to perform should be noted. The harder something is, the longer it is likely to take. If something can be crossed off quickly and easily, perhaps these should be done first.

Remove Distractions

Once everything has been prioritized by when it needs to be completed and how then you want to start checking these off the list in an efficient manner. People should try to remove the distractions around them because this will make it easier to focus on what needs to be done. Often, stress builds up from an inability to complete tasks in a timely manner. This should make the work more efficient.

Ask for Help when Needed

Everyone has some sort of pride and it is normal for people to feel reluctant to ask for help. People don't want to burden others and feel better when they are able to handle things on their own. Everyone should feel okay asking for help because this is normal and nobody can do everything on their own. If help is needed, simply ask. There is always someone around who is able and willing to provide assistance. Who knows, they may even have some ideas that weren't thought of before!

Eat Regular Meals

When someone is bogged down in work, it is easy to forget to eat. This can make people's blood sugar levels drop and make it hard to focus on what needs to be done. Everyone should remember to eat their meals at regular intervals, starting with breakfast. By eating regularly, the body will be in a normal rhythm and will be able to continue for the long haul. This makes focusing on the work at hand easier.

Get a Good Night's Rest

Part of the importance of sleep is that it gives the body an opportunity to recharge and gives neurons the time to regenerate. Without proper sleep, people may get headaches and feel like they are moving in slow motion. Getting a full night's rest is vital for ensuring that the mind is able to function at full capacity the following day. Most people need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. If this means going to bed earlier, that is something that has to happen.

Don't Forget the Details

When there is a significant amount of work to do on someone's plate, it is easy to overlook the details in an effort to check things off faster. This will only create more work because the tasks may have to be redone if they were performed poorly the first time. For example, do not sacrifice proofreading just because there is more work on the other side. Make sure that the work is still satisfactory or the work could take twice the amount of time after being completed again.

Remember to Have Fun

One of the ways to alleviate emotional stress is to think about what there is to look forward to once all of the work has been completed. Find something fun to do after all of the work has been done because this will encourage everyone to try and focus on the task at hand. This could be a nice meal, a movie, or even a vacation. With something to look forward to, people should have the motivation necessary to get the work done.

Next time your emotional stress sets in, put these tips to good use. You may find that your stress levels disappear completely!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      9 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I think that one of the most important things we can do is to lighten up. My daughter has been into playing games with me lately. At first I was annoyed, then I let go and allowed myself to have fun. Now we do it more often!

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