Stress has the tendency to walk in and out of our lives at its own free will. If not handled carefully, it has the capacity to walk all over us. It can wreak havoc in relationships and destroy careers. All of this ultimately resorts to seeking refuge in smoking, alcohol and unhealthy lifestyles. Worse is, losing your coping mechanism and popping pills to alleviate the situation. Be it insomnia or anxiety related issues, the over-dependence on pills is a menace which will take you further down a darker path.
If you really want to overcome stress, you need to deal with it in a mature manner. So identify the source of your anxiety and work towards uprooting it. Here are some ways by which you can deal with stress without causing more hassle.
Figure out the things that are causing you stress
We usually fail to pinpoint the source of the stress while encountering anxiety. So start by identifying what you're actually stressed about. Is it an upcoming exam or a specific project at work? Once you have narrowed down the source of your stress, you're one step closer to getting organized and taking remedial measures.
Work on what you can control
Let's face it. You can't control everything. Accepting this fact is the first and most definite step towards dealing with stress. After you have identified your stressors, group them into two categories. Things you can control and things you can't. For example, you can't control the behavior of your boss. But you can control how you react to his behavior. If you try to control uncontrollable things, your stress will spiral out of control.
Make time for the things you love
Whether it is reading a book or spending time with your spouse, ensure to set aside time for the things you love. It's easier to deal with stress when the rest of your activities fill you with joy and peace. Find a hobby or two that you're passionate about and pursue them.
Talk to someone
If you have tried the above techniques and nothing has worked, talk to someone about your feelings of helplessness and anxiety. Confiding in someone close can be more productive than you think. However, if you don't want to burden your loved ones with your problems, you can always seek professional help. Stress can cloud your judgment and prevent you from seeing things clearly. When you talk things through with a friend or a trained professional, you can use their help to put your problems into perspective.
Stress can be paralyzing. However, resorting to medication is not the best answer. Use the above mentioned four techniques to deal with your stressors maturely.