It’s okay to stress and worry. But sometimes it gets the better of us… and we go bananas.
When we stress, we seek remedies or techniques to lower our worries and anxieties. Although good, I believe the best way to handle stress is to mentally and physically create an environment that prepares us for those times.
Here are 4 preventative measures that may reduce and better prepare us for stressful moments.
a. Keep it clean
Whether it’s at work or at home, keeping our work spaces clutter free allows for better focus and a clearer mind. When our desk is full of “stuff”, the mind jumps from one thing to another- overwhelming us with responsibilities, decreasing our ability to focus and creating a more stress friendly environment for our brains.
b. List it out
Every night, I write a list of things I need to get done for the next day. I also mark the three things that have the highest priority. To-do lists give our minds a sense of control and clarity. These lists allow my stress to rest at bay because I have a clear picture of what needs to get done the next day.
c. Fact or fiction
A lot of the times we may get so invested in our stress that we forget what we are really stressing about. Try asking yourself these questions:
Can I do something about it? Is the situation out of my control?
If you can do something about it, do it. If you have no control over it, let it go.
Simply put, according to the American Psychological Association, not getting enough sleep means greater chances of getting higher stress levels. Make an effort to get enough sleep. Your body and brain will thank you for it.
Have any preventative measures of your own? Feel free to share them below (-: