When you are feeling stressed, try to take these important steps:
- Take note of how you are feeling and know when is problematic. Do not ignore the physical symptoms as these are the tell tale signs that it's going overboard. These include muscle tension, stiffness, headaches, insomnia among others.
- Identify the causes. Find out the causes and separate them in three groups, those that you can change the underlying situation, those that you need to change your attitude, and those that you need to accept. React to them appropriately.
- Review your lifestyle. Make sure that you are not taking up too much. Learn to off load by delegating, giving yourself enough time and learning to say No when you can. Give yourself time to relax and play. Observe and ensure that you engage in healthy habits.
Always look for professional help if you feel overburdened and have no idea where to begin. Asking for help is not admitting failure; it is acknowledging that there is a functional imbalance which you seek to reinstate. Visit your family doctor. Your doctor should be able to medically assess you and recommend suitable intervention.
There are voluntary organizations that can look into your issue and guide you on how to attain stress free life. However, you can visit a therapist specializing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness based approaches which are known to help reduce stress.