Learn how to worry less can be the key to ease our minds and reduce stress. Of course, I'm not saying to remove stress from our lives altogether, as it keeps us aware, but we must learn to control it by knowing how to tackle those situations.
Worrying about essential things like unpaid bills, our health, among other things, is a healthy habit that shows maturity and responsibility; this helps to make the best decision possible.
Being worried about current affairs is understandable, and last year, we had a worldwide event that created so much stress on most adult populations. Still, constantly thinking about stressful things without trying to find a solution will overwhelm you; we have to learn to take a deep breath from time to time.
I used to worry a lot in the past, especially about work and money-related stuff; when I have to deal with an important issue, I tend to think about it without finding a solution.
In some cases, the solution isn't even on my hands; this drains my mental energy and puts a significant weight on my back.
Minimalism helped me learn how to deal with stress in many things I'm able to control, such as reducing the number of possessions I own and have to take care of, I have no debt and managed to reduce my consumerism, so I don't worry about having the latest and shiniest new thing.
Minimalism does help to reduce stress in many mid and long-term issues by not letting them even appear on the horizon, but we can't control everything and is the daily issues; in many cases, family or work-related that can become a faucet of stress.
Here are my nine tips for handling stress on a day to day basis
1) Take a deep breath
Before hyperventilating and going crazy, please stop, unplug everything that creates noise and amplifies a stressful situation, take a seat, close your eyes, and take as many deep breaths as possible.
Focus on your breathing and envision something pleasing like a serene beach or a beautiful river surrounded by nature.
You will be able to lower your stress dramatically to manage the stressful situation in the most assertive way possible.
2) Give context to the situation
Worrying about something won't change a thing, and it will lower our energy and even disrupt our sleep schedule and quality; fatigue doesn't help to find a solution.
In some cases, it is better to write down our concerns to address them when the time comes; you have something less in your mind.
3) Learn to say 'no.'
Doing favors for others, such as family or friends, is ok. But saying yes to everything because we feel obligated or because people might think badly of you is a wrong move. If you have to deal with a chore that takes too much money and time or is something you don't feel comfortable doing, politely say no and explain your reasons, the other person should be understanding.
4) Your health and safety comes first
Your body is a temple we have to take care of if a choice compromises or puts your well-being in danger; there's no other answer; put your health first.
5) Their expectations aren't yours
Some people, especially family, always expect something from you or to be a certain way. If you disagree, you don't have to adjust yourself to their standards; you should always have the compass of your own life and destiny.
6) Dealing with things that are out of your control
Sometimes, situations are too complex for you to deal with them; if you find yourself dealing with something way out of your capabilities, don't stress by demanding what you know can't fulfill.
When your internet connection goes down, you restart your router, and usually, that fixes the issue; the same approach applies to life situations. So take a breath when working or dealing with a stressful problem.
Sometimes we have to accept things didn't go as expected, so we can close the door and start from scratch.
8) Will this issue matter in the future
When something stresses you out, ask yourself if it will still cause stress in 1, 5, or maybe 10 years; if your answer is no, stop worrying about it.
9) We can't worry about everything at once
All problems aren't equal or have the same importance so that they won't demand the same response, toss away the less important quickly.
10) Turn the page
Ultimately, you have to remember that some things won't change even if you worry or stress about them, sometimes for your physical, mental, and spiritual health is better to accept that you won't be able to change what stresses you out and turn the page. Living the now with the ones we love and care about is the most valuable thing we have while alive.
I hope these simple tips help you learn how to deal with stress.
Do you have any tips on how to deal with stressful situations? Please, share them in the comment section below.