Everyone has their own problems, either family, love, friendship, work, or financial problems. Problems that come continuously often make us stressed out. And if the problems aren't solved, then the situation can lead us to depression which is very harmful to our body and soul. So, we should get rid of any pressure that comes in our mind as soon as possible. Below are 10 effective ways to reduce stress:
1. Don't procrastinate
Who said the cause of stress always comes from outside source? It's often the cause is poor time management. Procrastinating your works won't set you apart from stress, in fact, it will make you even more stressed especially when you're approaching the deadline. Be careful, a sense of relief when procrastinating your works is only temporary and superficial.
2. Learn to say no
What do you face in the future is also affected by your decision today. When you accept a job, make sure you can finish it. Although the job is requested by someone who close to you, but if it's useless for you and you already have a lot of works to be done, then don't accept it. In the future, too much works to be done will only complicate yourself.
3. Do healthy activities
Do activities such as yoga, meditation, or exercise. These activities will help you to relax, lower blood pressure, and produce endorphins that can relieve stress. In addition, getting quality sleep (6-8 hours a day), eating chocolate, and drinking a cup of tea can reduce stress also.
4. Learn to accept yourself and your condition
As long as you live, many events that you can't prevent, happen. The death of a person, natural disasters, disabled body, and much more. Because you can't control them, then something you can do is accept your condition. It's far better to think about what you can do with what you have now instead of feeling stressed with the situation.
5. Think positively
When experiencing a problem, look at the bright side. Because in every problem there must be something you can learn to make yourself a better person.
6. Entertain yourself
When stress strikes, do activities that can boost your mood like playing games, listening to music, watching movies or whatever you like. Those activities will greatly help to reduce stress, but remember not to abandon your responsibilities. In addition you can practice positive self-talk to boost your confidence.
Multitasking is a good idea to solve a lot of work if you're able to handle it. But not everyone can do it, especially if your works require extra energy and brainstorming. Plan which one you'll do first and prioritize the most important work.
8. Do activities with friends
Hanging out with friends is also quite helpful to relieve your stress. Plan an activity with your friends and temporarily stay away from stressful activities.
9. Don't set unrealistic goals
If you dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur, of course you can't directly create a big company without having any experience before. Dream big, but plan your steps realistically.
10. Ask for help
There's a job that you can't do it all by yourself. Know your limit and don't hesitate to ask for help to your friends or someone else to do it together. Don't hesitate just because you have to share the earnings, you'll reach your goal faster as long as you choose the right person to work together.
Those are 10 effective ways to reduce stress.