7 Mistakes You Make when Dealing with Stress
Admit it. You are in that place again.
Nobody sees it but inside your mind is screaming “I need peace!”
The pressures in your life are taking a toll.
And you can’t seem to find the light at the end of the tunnel.
If you are facing stress you are not alone. And you know that if you don’t deal with it, it will take a toll on you. Let it run loose and it can lead to anxiety, depression or health issues.
But you can take control of stress.
You could be one simple decision away from putting stress in its place. Are you making any of these mistakes?
1. You don’t practice selective procrastination
When you are bombarded with problems you tend to lose the ability to prioritize. Suddenly paying your credit card bill is as important as replying to your distant aunt’s comment in facebook. You need to do everything right now. Or at least that’s what your mind is telling you.
If you are going through that you need to stop, take a big breath and set priorities on your to-do list. Otherwise sooner or later the important things, like your mortgage bill, will fall through the cracks.
2. You tell those around you how stressed you are
Sharing your situation is going to help you find a way out but only if you share it with the right people. A few of your friends may be able to help you understand better what you are going through and how to get out of the hole. However many of the people you talk with will only offer you their pity, tell you about their problems and probably leave you more discouraged.
Be selective regarding who you confide your situation with. Before you tell someone your problem ask yourself, can this person help me find a solution or peace?
3. You put in a solid eight, ten or more hours of work
Yes, you have to catch up. What better way to do that than to avoid taking breaks, power through and get things done? If you avoid taking time to stop, rest, and recharge you’ll be compounding on the exhaustion. You may carelessly reply to an email in a rush only to receive ten replies requesting clarification, details, or changes.
Try to avoid exhaustion and more problems by scheduling breaks during the day to rest and recharge.
4. Your mind is focused on the wrong things
If your mind tends to concentrate on problems and the negative things in your life, it will be hard to find solutions. You’ll feel discouraged and with less energy to overcome problems.
Focus on the solution instead of the problem and you’ll find it much faster. Then you’ll be on your way to control stress.
5. You decide to go with the flow
Corny but failing to plan is planning to fail. Just like you wouldn’t go on a vacation without making a list of things to pack, places to visit and where to stay, you shouldn’t attempt to get out from under stress without a plan.