3 Key Life Stresses (and How You Can Cope With Them)

Written by on September 1, 2021 in Thrive with 0 Comments

The thing that hits us like a freight train in middle age is the stress we can feel from a number of life events. We all experience stress in our lives, but there are specific life events and daily situations that are top of the list. So what are these, and how can you deal with them?

Moving Home

This is one of life's most stressful events without question. It's not just about finding the right place to live, but about making sure that you are financially okay, ensuring every eventuality is covered, and the list goes on. There's a lot of money that goes into that one day, from moving companies to hiring trucks, as well as navigating the processes of rerouting your post, and so on. In order to cope with this type of stress, you must plan and prepare. This is the best thing you can do, as well as relying on friends and family to help you. If you're starting afresh in a new neighborhood or location, the best thing to do to minimize the stress is to prepare by conducting enough research. Stress is when we don't feel in control of a situation. Do what you can to feel in control.

Transitioning to a New Age

There are specific times in our lives when we feel we have to make considerable leaps beyond our perceived capabilities. For example, when we go from being a teenager to an adult, or from being someone who is carefree in their 20s to a responsible 30-year-old. There's a lot of pressure afoot. And when we start to think about all of these stressors, the best thing for us to do is to process these thoughts, and realize that we're not alone. Additionally, we've got to focus on stress and the associated symptoms. If we are feeling overwhelmed, tackling any symptomatic feelings of stress can make a significant difference. Learning to calm down by having an understanding of your physiology can help. For example, mastering what is called the physiological sigh can help slow your heart rate down, so you don't feel less stressed, and you are able to cope with the changes.

Stress in the Workplace

This boils down to a number of key components, including poor management, fear of being let go, as well as the workload. The problem with workplace stress is that it can creep into other aspects of our lives outside of work. You need to learn how to manage your time in the work environment efficiently. You can do this by prioritizing tasks, delegating work, as well as learning how to work more efficiently. Just because you're told to do something in a certain way doesn't mean you need to necessarily do it that way, as long as it doesn't hinder the process at large. For example, if you struggle to keep up with the workload because of the volume of typing, you could consider tools like voice dictation programs.

These are all key stresses in our lives, and if we are to transform ourselves and cope with the stress more effectively, it's about having the appropriate skills in our toolbox. Stress is not good. And while small doses of stress are okay, when it becomes chronic, this is when it gives way to health problems.

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