A certain amount of stress is a good thing. But too much is bad for your health, bad for your relationships, and no fun. If you feel you're experiencing too much stress, use one of these to help lower your stress level:
1. Compare your situation to something worse. This is an easy mental action that can have a measurable impact on your feeling of stress.
2. Reduce the number of goals you're trying to accomplish. It is a common human tendency to continually increase the number of projects and goals you've decided to accomplish. You're not trying to add more goals. They just naturally tend to accumulate. To keep yourself from becoming buried in projects and overwhelmed, sort through your goals once in awhile and give up on some of them.
3. Make more money. The lack of money can obviously cause stress. If you can make more money without adding more stress, you'll be better off.
4. Get a dog. Having a dog measurably reduces your daily stress level, which has a greater impact on your health and mood than even deeply relaxing once in a while.
5. Meditate. Meditation is easier than most people realize. You don't have to "become a meditator" to benefit. You can do it once in awhile when you feel you need it, and you'll relieve yourself of stress.
6. Use Benjamin Franklin's technique for difficult decisions. Hard decisions can be stressful, and the lack of forward motion caused by indecision can be even more stressful. Franklin's technique will ease the strain of making difficult decisions and help you get moving forward again.
7. Take good care of yourself first. When you're taking care of others, it can be so time-consuming, you stop spending any effort taking care of yourself. This is not only unhealthy, it will ultimately impair your ability to take care of others by reducing your energy and perhaps even affecting your health.
Look at this list and find the principle you feel is most blatantly missing in your life. Follow the link, read the article, and take action starting today. It will lower your stress and improve your mood.
Adam Khan is the author of Antivirus For Your Mind: How to Strengthen Your Persistence and Determination and Feel Good More Often and co-author with Klassy Evans of Viewfinder: How to Change the Way You Look at Things.