Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stress Prevention

In today’s hectic and eventful world it can be very hard to not get stressed. With the amount of bills, sounds and new impulses coming at as every second it is a wonder that we can even function as well as we do. Stress can be very detrimental to your health if you allow it to and therefore it is a really good idea to quickly measure and control your stress levels.

The worst thing you can literally do is to feel stressed and just try to ignore it and keep going, you might think that by ignoring it you are getting rid of it, but all this stress will compound over time and suddenly hit you like a brick wall.

Now that we have established how important it is to deal with stress as soon as possible, it is time to see what kind of methods you can use to lower your stress levels and consequently heighten the quality of your life. The first thing you want to do about your stress level is what is called taking preventive action.

The preventive action is just a system that will help you stop the stress before it even occurs and is therefore a very proactive solution compared to some of the stress coping methods that are more immediate and in reaction to an already occurring problem.

A really easy way to greatly minimize the amounts of stress you feel is to organize your day. Every night before you go to sleep, make sure you create a to do list for the next day. Now you might think that this will further stress you, but what you are going to do is to put priorities on the different tasks. So assign either low, medium or high priority on the tasks on your list, where High priority levels are the tasks you absolutely have to complete, make sure you don’t have more than 2-3 of these on any given day.

This simple exercise will let you have a 100% clear image of what is really important each day and in this way you will focus on each of the important tasks one at the time instead of trying to multi task. Multi tasking is the ultimate stress builder and should be avoided at all costs.
Start using this method from tonight and within a week you should see lowered stress levels and a more relaxed mental state.

By: Charlie Martinez
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