How to Manage Stress Effectively
There is two hours left until your deadline and you still have what feels like an insurmountable amount of work to finish. You can feel that familiar migraine creeping in and know that the effects of too much stress are starting to kick in.
The presence of some stress is entirely natural; in fact, it is nature's way of making sure that you stay active and meets your responsibilities. Excessive stress, on the other hand, generally contributes to serious health ailments such as heart attacks and is a result of pressure from sources which include familial and romantic relationships, financial debt, lack of income (which contributes to financial stress), and deadlines for school and work. With so much stress coming from so many different angles, it may seem like it is impossible to manage your stress levels effectively; however, with some planning and organization, you can minimize the amount of stress you receive from your everyday life.
The first thing to keep in mind is that balance is key. Working non-stop to achieve your deadlines without a break will only result in your burnout and is not worth the stress that accompanies it. Break down your workload into manageable intervals.
Trying to fit an inordinate amount of work in all at once or worrying excessively about the bills will not solve anything for you or for the situation. Stop, take a deep breath, and walk away. The distance from the problem will give you a chance to refocus and perhaps even find a different way to approach the situation.
If you still feel like you cannot overcome the stress you have as a part of your daily life, seek support from someone. There are many organizations, including most major banks, which will help you to re-evaluate your financial situation and make the sea of payments more manageable. If work from school or home is the bane of your existence, ask if your deadline can be extended or seek help from a tutor, who can make the information more palatable.
Finally, if you find yourself receiving inordinate amounts of stress from any relationship, walk away from the situation.
Currently, when everything seems to be needed yesterday, stress can seem to come at you from all angles. It is impossible to eliminate all forms of stress; however, managing what stress you have will make your life happier and your life span longer.