Stress affects nearly everyone, but some people handle it better than others. And the simple truth is the people who are good at dealing with stress live healthier and happier lives compared to people who struggle with stress. The good news is if you are one of the many people who get caught up in life’s sticky web of stress, you can get untangled and stay untangled. Especially this time of year, it is good to keep these tips in mind the next time you’re feeling the pressure:

  • Stay clear of the drama. As Rudyard Kipling writes in his poem “If,” if you can “keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,” you’ll be able to keep your cool under pressure and tackle your challenges much more effectively.
  • Lighten up! Many of the things you worry about won’t occur, and worrying cannot help those problems that invariably do take place.
  • Say or do the opposite of what you are feeling. When someone or something pushes your hot buttons, you may feel justified to react with anger, but this negative reaction only brings more stress to the situation.
  • Override your pride. Think of a time in your life when you insisted that you were right and another person was wrong. Did this really bring you more happiness, or did it just create more stress for both of you?
  • Appreciate life’s little detours. Each time you have to pick yourself up to get back on track, you learn important lessons and develop new skills that will help you in life.

Stress in many forms is common in society, and it’s a problem because it can rob you of your health, happiness and potential for greater success. Call and talk to your Dr. Briggs about ways to minimize stress and escape the stress web for good.