Stress is a part of life for most of us, but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept it. Stress can be very harmful; it makes us eat less healthily, be less active and can lead to other health issues.
So what can you do about stress?
- The first option is to learn to cope with stress more successfully
- The second option is to manage stress by removing from your life the things that are causing your stress
For most people a combination of the two options is the optimal solution, but it’s not always easy. So let’s look at 5 common causes of stress and ways that you might be able to reduce these stressors’ impact on your life:
1) Too much work at your job
If you are too busy at work and your job is a source of unmanageable stress, you have two choices. The first option is to try to reduce that stress by taking on less, learning to manage your workload better or reducing your hours. The second option, in really critical cases, is to find a new position with less stress.
Often, the best place to start is by talking to your boss. Remember that your employer has an incentive to help if you tell them that you are stressed – they don’t want you to leave, and a happier workforce is always good for business.
2) Too much work at home
Housework can be a big stressor, particularly if you are a stay at home mother/father. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service. Even one day a week can really help to lower your workload, and it’s not that expensive.
If the cost does not fit in your budget, make a schedule for cleaning – or yourself and the rest of the family – and stick to it. Adhering to a carefully thought out cleaning schedule will make your routine more efficient and will save time.
3) Loneliness / Boredom
Yes, being bored can be stressful. In particular, boredom and loneliness make you feel less happy, and that causes you to find things more stressful. This is a particular problem for people who work from home or are at home a lot – even people in happy relationships.
If this sounds like you, consider taking up a new hobby or joining a social group. It doesn’t need to take up much of your time, but it will help to keep you occupied and will make your time at home alone peaceful, rather than boring.
4) Poor Health / Fitness
It’s a vicious cycle but being unfit or unhealthy can be stressful, and being stressed can lead to bad eating habits and lack of exercise. If you have other sources of stress this cycle can compound very quickly.
Breaking the cycle is the key to reducing this stressor. Don’t focus on weight loss, though – that’s just another thing that can cause stress. Instead, focus on healthy eating. That means including lots of vegetables and fruit in your diet, and reducing your sugar intake.
If you commit to a more healthy style of eating, you will very quickly start to feel more energetic and happy, which will give you more motivation to tackle getting in shape. The better your fitness level, the less your other stress will affect your health.
5) Money Worries
This is the big one, of course. A majority of people worry about their finances to some extent. If you are seriously worried though, one of the best ways to remedy your concerns is to start a budget, and follow it.
Services like Mint and programs like Quicken can help you to easily categorise your finances and spending, and can easily help you determine if you are spending more than you are earning. If you are not overspending, then you have much less to worry about and can relax a bit, but if you find out that you are overspending, you will have a budget to follow in order to reduce your spending.
About The Author
Hey, I’m Jonathon. I live a fairly stressful life, but I don’t let it get the better of me. I enjoy what I do and I love helping people to be happier and healthier. I also enjoy getting out doors and trying new things.