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Simple Ways to Turn Stress Around

By Sandy Schroeder

How many ways do you experience stress each day? There are a number of areas where it can come from.

  • Family stress
  • Work stress
  • Daily life stress
  • Self-made worries

If these are all part of your world, you may want to take some steps to turn things around.

Mayo Clinic recommends that you find ways to manage stress to protect your health. Over time, chronic stress can affect weight gain, metabolism, blood sugar and blood pressure levels and moods.  Check in with your doctor to see where your numbers are and consider seeing a therapist if you are feeling depressed. Then try additional steps to turn stress around.

Take control of your world - Clear out the clutter and arrange everything the way you want it. Then add paints, plants, or treasures to make it an inviting place to be.

Skip troublesome people - Don't just put up with toxic people. Cross them off of your list and head in the other direction when you see them coming.

Pare down your work list - Single out the big projects and reserve minor stuff for the end of the day.

Speak up if you are upset - Don't put up with rude, annoying unthinking people. Calmly ask them to change their behavior and then move on if they do not.

Reach out and communicate - Seek out people who make you laugh or who are always glad to listen. Make the time to see them and trade stories. Just knowing you are heard can do a lot.

Get organized to get more done - Rethink your schedule to make your most productive times really work for you.

Be open with everyone - Ask for the things that you need from your family, your boss, and your friends. Do the same for them as you help out wherever you can.

Set workable limits - Instead of suffering through with overloads, too many tasks, or unrealistic demands, review what you do and rework your schedule to fit the hours available.

Learn from your mistakes - Try to spend a little time each day analyzing your work, progress and goals. We can all improve if we pinpoint what works and what does not.

Talk with the people around you - Sometimes when we are frustrated we forget to speak up. Calmly talk about the things that are bothering you and ask for others' thoughts. A lot of doors can be opened whenever everybody talks and listens.

Let go of grudges - It takes a lot of energy to hang onto past issues. See if you can let go of those thoughts and put that energy to better use to create new situations and new positives.

If these tips work for you, keep right on going and enjoy the difference.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbus, Ga.

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