When you feel stressed, it affects every part of your life. Stress from work can spill over into your home life, your health, and your relationships. The same is true regardless of what areas of your life are creating problems. Minimizing stress in your life can be challenging. No one chooses to feel this way. There are things you can do to live a more peaceful life. It can be tempting to check out during hard times and try to push yourself through the difficulty. The problem with this approach is that there will always be something else around the corner. Learning to manage stress at its root will allow you to move forward without it controlling your life.
Get a Handle on Your Finances
Dealing with finances is one area that tempts people to keep their heads in the sand. Looking at your income and expenses objectively, and having a savings plan in place to handle unexpected expenses, can ease your stress. The realization that it can feel impossible to save for every contingency can make it hard to develop a strong financial plan. Setting realistic goals can help. Prioritize retirement, but also understand that many people who enjoy working will continue to work in some capacity through their later years. Save for education, but know that there are many responsible ways to help fund a college degree. Private student loans are widely available and allow students to attend school without worrying about tuition and living expenses.
Take Care of Your Health
There is no reason to become an extremist, but living a generally healthy lifestyle is beneficial for managing stress. This means making smart choices, most of the time, about what and how much you eat and drink. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about methods you could use to help you stop. Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular and resistance training are both important for a strong and healthy body. If you played sports in the past, or always wanted to learn, look for rec leagues in your area. The companionship is a great mood booster.
Work on Boundaries
Life is unpredictable, and there are many things you will not be able to control. That is okay, but if you are too resistant to the idea, and spend time and energy trying to control people or outcomes that you have no way of managing, you are creating unneeded stress for yourself. Letting go of the need for control is not easy. Meditation and therapy can be beneficial, as well as an honest talk with yourself about what your motives are for attempting to exert your influence.
While it is important to recognize when things are not yours to control, it is just as important to work on saying no to things, people, and ideas that do not work for you. Standing up for yourself is uncomfortable, but it gets easier the more you practice. Agreeing to things that are against your principles, outside of your area of responsibility, or simply taking up time and energy that you would prefer to allocate elsewhere is a gift you give yourself.