- Get more sleep – Sleep is critical to our physical and psychological well being. The less sleep you get the less able you are to be able to deal with anxiety or depression or even negative events.
The catch 22 is that the more stressed you are, the less able you are to get a good nights sleep and the higher your sleep disruptions. Try to have a bedtime ritual, perhaps a herbal tea and turn off all electronic devices at least half an hour before you go to sleep. Want a good nights sleep? These may help.
- Stress can be caused by having to be nice and friendly when you don’t really feel like it. For some people, they work in jobs where part of their job is to be nice to people who aren’t particularly nice to them (think a call service or complaints department operative). For those who tend towards being positive and upbeat, this isn’t too difficult, some people actually thrive on being nice in such situations.
But if you tend towards negativity and bad moods, having to be nice to people who are angry or stressed can make you in turn stressed. One of the key tools that you can use in a situation like this is to use empathy, or stand in the other persons shoes. More tips on lowering stress levels are here.
- Learn to say no – it is so easy to become over scheduled and take on too much. Setting boundaries and being mindful of your time as a precious resource is a great way to cut down on doing things for other people that you don’t really want to do.
It’s not as difficult as it sounds, simply be polite but firm. If you want to say no but really feel that you can’t in person, use the words “I’ll have to think about it and get back to you.” You can then always text them later to say you have thought about it and can’t right now.