Dealing With Stress

Dealing with stress, specifically how you deal with stress, is one of the most important parts of living a better life. We live in a world where stress happens, and it happens a lot. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, where you work or who you are married to–we all have to deal with stress.

When it comes to dealing with stress, the single most important thing that you can do is to deal with the actual cause of the stress. Sometimes stressful situations are out of our control. And that’s OK. But if the thing that is stressing you out is a pile of unwashed dishes or an overdue oil change, make the time to do a load of dishes or make an appointment to get the oil changed. You will feel better.

There’s an old saying, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today.” This is the golden rule of dealing with stress. By ignoring the actual issue, all you do is create more stress for yourself later. There are many ways to procrastinate, whether it is through passive distraction or active defiance. Many drug and alcohol addictions start because of the avoidance of a single traumatic event. Years can be lost to addiction and in the end, the only way to get better is to deal with the core issue that started it all.

Of course, not all stress is easy to overcome. Car accidents, disease and the sudden loss of a loved one happen everyday. (However, there may be some aspect of a stressful situation that you can control–and you should always look for this opportunity.) If you’ve been laid off and spent endless months sending out resume after resume only to never hear a thing, I can understand your stress. You may feel out of control. You may feel as if there is nothing more that you can do other than to continue what you are already doing. In this instance, you DO need to continue what you’ve been doing…but you also need to take some time for yourself.

Finding a hobby is a great stress reliever. There are a million different hobbies to choose from ranging from the relaxing and mundane to the extreme and outrageous. Only you can find the hobby that will be perfect for you. When you take your other goals into consideration, you may decide on a hobby that will also help you achieve personal or professional goals. If you are under stress and want to become more fit, a hobby like running or yoga will go a long way towards accomplishing the stress relief that you desire with the added benefit of becoming healthier. Who knows, maybe one day you will transition careers and become a personal trainer or yoga instructor!

Dealing with stress is never easy but putting the cause of your stress on the back-burner will only delay the inevitable. Confront your stress and you will see an immediate improvement in your life. Finding a relaxing hobby will only help to make you a more well rounded and interesting individual. And that might be the ultimate benefit of them all.