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What to Do When Stress Messes Up Your Life

By Sandy Schroeder

Usually we manage to give stress the boot, but sometimes we lose the battle. Too many things happen all at once, or one particular problem just refuses to go away. Then stress becomes a constant partner, showing up every morning and hanging around to interrupt sleep at night.

Whatever is going on in your life, at home with your family or finances, or at work with deadline pressures, it’s important to level things out. Life really is too short to be constantly under the gun.

This just happened to a friend. A woman who is outstanding in her work, and always on target, found herself caught in a bad place with unrealistic pressures. At first she pushed ahead, but gradually the stress spilled over into everything else. Weekends went awry as plans were cancelled. Finally, she realized what was happening and took steps to turn everything around; she found another job that fit better and started smiling again.

If you can relate, start taking steps to move away from stress. Here are three simple tips to try.

Hit the off switch – At the end of the day, start thinking about the rest of your life and head out the door. Call up some old friends, cook a special dinner, or treat your family to a night out. This is your time away from the job. Use it to reconnect with everything else. You are not being paid to worry about work in your free hours, so don’t! You will feel fresher in the morning after taking a real break. Basically, don't be married to your job.

Reorganize and rethink – You may be getting tangled up in deadlines that just need reorganization. Look at your overall schedule to priorities. Keep going until everything has a time slot. You will feel as one task after another gets done. 

At the same time, think about what your job is supposed to accomplish. You may be anticipating too much, carrying someone else’s workload, or simply worrying too much. You may want to talk to your co-workers to get their views. Getting comfortable with your job is vital. Then you can actually give all of your attention to the work.

Sleep on it – Nothing helps me clear my head more than a good night’s sleep. If you have reorganized your workload and rethought your job, you may be ready to catch up on your sleep. Forget about all of the day's issues as you relax into the evening. Shut down the electronics and enjoy a warm bath, or a good book. Rest well.

As stress backs off, keep right on going using walks, time with friends, and special weekends to keep life in the best perspective.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Richland Hills, Tex.

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