It might be amazing to think about, but not everyone is stressed all the time. Those people who aren’t always stressed aren’t necessarily peaceful monks either, but normal people with similar pressures and expectations that you and I have. So what’s the difference between the stressed and the nonstressed?
You could say that stress has become a badge of honor in today’s society, and if you aren’t stressed, you aren’t busy enough, but that’s probably not it. Really, these are just people who have figured out how to deal with their stress more effectively. The good news is that you can do it, too.
Figure Out What Causes Your Stress and Find a Better Way to Handle It
You don’t always have control over what happens to you, but you can always control how you handle it. You can’t avoid meetings at work, deadlines or the pressure that comes with a family, but you can change how you view these things.
You can practice reframing those problem areas. Try thinking about how neat it could be to explain to your co-workers what you’ve been doing, or how wonderful it is that you have enough food for your family, even if the dishes pile up. The
The benefits of exercise are far and beyond just slimming down. It does wonders for your mental state as well. This isn’t just a “Legally Blonde” idea either, where endorphins make you happy – although they do. From a scientific point of view, regular exercise decreases your body’s sympathetic nervous system reactivity. In layman’s terms, it means your less likely to get stressed by unexpected occurrences, and can handle anything life throws at you.
When you’re starting an exercise routine, remember, no one enjoys the process of working out. It’s supposed to be hard and sweaty. It’s the feeling you get after working out that’s addicting.
Eat Well but Avoid Fad Diets
Diets suck. They’re restrictive and that tends to be their downfall. If you’re never allowed to eat doughnuts, you usually want doughnuts. However, if you make conscious decisions to just eat better, you feel good about your choices. Plus, this seriously cuts down on feelings of deprivation and wanting to binge eat during a diet. If you want a piece of cake, wait five minutes. If you still want the cake in five minutes, have the cake!
There are plenty of other things you can do to become less of a worrier, but this is a good place to start. After all, the worst thing that can happen is you take some extra breaks, get in better shape and make your life a little easier.
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