This may be easier said than done (like everything in life), but if you know what changes make a difference, you may begin to notice when you are following patterns that increase stress, you may notice new opportunities for changing your experience, and you will be well on your way to feeling less stressed in your daily life.
The following resources can help quite a bit:
Change Your Locus Of Control
People who feel that they're not in control of their lives tend to feel much more stressed by many situations than they would feel if they thought they had choices. Read more to learn the specifics, and find ways to bring more control to your experience, even if you can't make big changes at this time.
Begin a Meditative Practice
Those who meditate or pray regularly have been shown to experience less of a stressed reaction to the events in their lives. They're able to be in situations without feeling as stressed or threatened, and they can relieve the stress that they do experience, on a regular basis. Learn more about meditation and what it can do for you.
Maintain a Sense of Humor
You can make life more fun as well as less stressful (for yourself and others) by honing your sense of humor and your ability to laugh in the face of stress instead of reacting with fear or other stress responses. Learn more about this option.
Catch and Change Your Cognitive Distortions
We all have a natural tendency to distort things in our heads to relieve stress, but sometimes these defense mechanisms can create more stress than they manage. Those who learn to spot their own distortions and endeavor to see the world more clearly ultimately have an advantage in terms of less overall stress. Learn more about cognitive distortions and how they affect stress.
How to Cope With Emotional Stress
Here are some of my readers' best suggestions. I invite you to read them all and share your own.
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