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Effectively Cope With Stress Using These Tips

By Sara Butler

Stress happens to everyone. But when it comes to stress, what makes you an individual is how you deal with it. Finding a healthy way to cope with stress is paramount to your continued health and wellness. Here are a few tips to help you push through the stress and cope in a healthy, effective way.

Break It Down

A source of stress for many people is their to-do list or tasks they have in front of them to complete. It's easy for these things to quickly spiral out of control and leave you feeling overwhelmed and maybe a little anxious.

A great way to cope with the stress of your to-do list is to break it down. You can begin with the tasks that are the most important or urgent and work your way from there. Or maybe you want to get the most difficult things out of the way first. Whatever you choose, it's up to you. It's your attitude toward the tasks you need to complete that helps you to deal with the stress it can cause.

For an effective and low-stress to-do list you should:

  • Make a list of all the things you need to get done
  • Color code each task by importance or urgency
  • Whip out your calendar and plot out which day you'll handle which task
  • Prioritize your tasks each day to help you accomplish what you need
  • Repeat this process as often as you need to

Remember, your to-do list is more than simply a way to manage your time, it's a way to manage your stress too by helping you to feel in control.

Schedule Breaks

It may sound a bit crazy to schedule breaks for yourself, but sometimes you simply have no choice. When working on your to-do list and calendar, make sure you take time out of your schedule for you. This will help you to stop yourself from becoming overwhelmed and burning out when you're trying to manage your daily life.

Ask for Help

No man (or woman) is an island. You do not have to do things alone. Instead, recognize that you don't have all the answers or the resources you need to get stuff done, so ask for help. Ask for people's opinions, too. There may be a more effective way to get stuff done than the way you've been doing it. Asking for help can lead to more productivity and less stress.

Stress is, well, stressful. But you must find ways to manage it so you can continue to stay healthy and well.

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

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