81. Build your inner strength. If you can gently push your boundaries when the opportunity arises, slowly you will become mentally and emotionally stronger and therefore better equipped with dealing with stress.
82. Discover your life purpose. Your stress could be a sign that your current way of life is not aligned with your purpose. Develop a strong connection with your soul so that you can learn and understand what your purpose in life is, why you are here.
83. Reflect on your day. Review the interactions you had with people during the day. If you were not happy with the way you behaved or responded to someone, relive the moment in your mind and imagine responding or behaving in a more appropriate way.
84. Sing. Singing can be a beautiful and liberating form of stress relief. Express yourself loudly or quietly, in public or just in the shower. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a musical bone in your body. You don’t need to be on key, just enjoy yourself.
85. Play games. Regardless of how busy you are, playing card games like Go Fish, or board games such as trivial Pursuit, can actually relieve stress. Games that involve large groups like are Uno, Twister or “Pictionary” are particularly good as it encourages interaction with others.
86. Express yourself artistically. Any form of artistic self expression such as painting, drawing or modelling can be a great form of stress relief helping you process emotions built up over time and heal painful memories.
87. Maintain a spiritual practice. A personal spiritual practice that nurtures your soul, such as meditation, prayer or regular visits to your place of worship, is a great approach towards enhancing your emotional health and managing stress.
88. Develop a tough skin. Learn to accept criticism and try to not take it personally. Particularly in a competitive or work environment, do not look at criticism as negative but rather as constructive feedback that can possibly help you to improve yourself or your ability to perform.
89. Speak in a positive low stress language. Remove negative and/or vulgar language from your vocabulary. There are many opportunities and topics to speak positively about during the day such as the weather, the news or even thoughts about life.
90. Live in the present. Don’t dwell on the past. Rather learn from the mistakes you have made and the pain that you have experienced in the past and move on.
91. Make decisions quickly. Accept the risk, stress and conflict that come with making decisions. It is ok to change your mind but don't make a habit out of reversing decisions. Try to make decisions that produce change. Any decision is better than none.
92. Distract yourself. When unpleasant thoughts enter your mind, thoughts that can cause stress, think of somebody or something else that cheers you up or relaxes you.
93. Don’t over analyse events. Stress can come about if you continue to examine and relive a situation or event. By doing this you run the risk of losing yourself in the detail and perspective of what actually happened.
94. Take a hot bath. Heat increases circulation of blood to the tissues, including the muscles, which can help you relax.
95. Remove or modify irrational beliefs. Your beliefs greatly influence your perception on life. Beliefs such as “I am no good” or “No one cares about me” can significantly contribute to your stress.
96. Look for the opportunity in crisis. Consider the benefits and rewards that you will reap when addressing a problem or challenge. This positive approach will change your perception of the situation and reduce your stress.
97. Make changes slowly. Self imposed changes can bring about stress. Do not underestimate the significance of change. Therefore if you make changes, have patience, pace yourself and change the easy things first.
98. Have quiet time on your own. You can take some time out at home or at work, anywhere where you can get away from others and have time to yourself. Use any relaxation technique you like or just thinking about the matter stress you.
99. Develop your negotiation skills. This will not only help you to resolve stressful situations and conflicts, but also help you become more confident and assertive. Such skills will assist in creating better personal and professional relationships.
100. Join a social group. Regular involvement and interaction within a social group can be a helpful way of coping with stress. It gives you the opportunity to talk about your problems and assist in putting things into perspective.
101. Is it worth it? Have you been drawn into something that simply is not worth the stress? Ask why you are doing this. If it is not worth the stress, then move on.
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