It is inevitable. We will always have our share of stress-filled moments in life. And apparently, the older we get and the more experienced we are with life, our sources of stress or stressors seem to also level up.
While not all stress is actually bad for us, it does help to make our lives better and healthier when we know how to cope with or face stress. If our stressors seem to multiply or level up in relation to our age then I think our ways of coping with stress need to also improve, level up.
1. Your perspective matters. The way you look at stress and whatever causes it can affect how you cope. It is to your best interest then not to allow yourself to look at the stressful situation as something beyond repair or beyond solution. What you can do instead is to think of possible ways and steps on how you can face your stressor. Personally, what has been helpful for me is to remind myself that I have survived through several stressful situations in the past and surely, there is a way for me to face well this particular stressor in my life right now.
2. Focus on what you can do now. Sometimes what makes a situation or problem more stressful and energy sapping is when you constantly repeat or rehash what could have been or what should have been done so that there would have been no stressor to face now. But the reality is what has happened has indeed happened and so what you need to be focused now is what can be done. For instance, if you have found yourself deep in debt, what can be done now is just to look for possible solutions. You can reach out to a friend or a family member who is adept with finances or a financial advisor you can trust who can help you. This can also be the time to avail of debt relief services.
3. Continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are able to face stress well if we have been living a healthy lifestyle: enough sleep and rest, eating well, doing regular exercise. The temptation is to cut hours in our rest and sleep in the name of productivity or failing to exercise because we do not have time for it or to eat what is just readily available, never mind if it’s overloaded with sugar, with calories. We are better “armed” to face stress if we have taken the time to take care of ourselves.
4. Find your de-stressor. You need to know what are the things that can de-stress or relax you. Perhaps it is talking to your friends or your loved ones. Perhaps it is taking the time to read the Bible and some inspirational literature. The key is doing these things that can de-stress you within the day, week or month. Take regular time to de-stress and you will actually find yourself better able to cope with stress.