How to Reduce Stress in Your Life

As much as we all hate to admit it, stress is an inevitable part of our lives. However, there are times when we feel as though the stress from one part of our life or another is consuming us, and it’s at these times that we need to take steps towards reducing it. Stress shouldn’t rule our lives. I’m struggling a lot with stress recently, and I thought I’d write a little post about how I reduce it where I can.

FINANCES

Your money, or rather lack of it, can affect everything else about your life. If you struggle for money one month, it can have a domino effect and cause you to rack up a lot of debt in a short time. To avoid this, you may want to speak to a financial planner, such as Partridge Muir & Warren, to get some advice on how best to spend your money. If you get into financial trouble, then you may want to speak to a debt advice service, to receive some judgement free advice on how best to deal with your debt and financial issues.

When it comes to stress from my finances, I try and live by my Grandma’s words, spend a little save a little. Each month I add money into a savings account, which I dip into when times are tough, or when I’d like to escape and go on holiday! Saving £10 a week can easily add up, why not try saving a small amount of your money each week? You can add any pennies you have left at the end of the week into a jar, or transfer £5 each weekend into a savings account that you don’t touch. After 6 months, take a look and see how much you’re saving!

JOB

Your job affects your income, but this is just one of the many reasons that your job could be causing you stress. Having an unprofessional co-worker is another example and one that too many people have to suffer through.

If a co-worker, or even boss, doesn’t treat you as they should or isn’t professional in the workplace, the first thing you should do is try to talk to them about your issues. I struggle with anxiety, so doing this is hard – but hopefully, they’ll understand that you all have to work together, and will aim to change their attitude towards you.

If the issue persists, you may want to consider speaking to someone in Human Resources.

FAMILY

As much as you love your family, sometimes you want to just shut yourself away from them for a while. A lot of issues you might have with family members can be sorted over time. An argument can usually be resolved. However, if problems with your family are out of the ordinary, or are causing you unusual amounts of stress, then you may want to consider speaking to a family counsellor. This may seem like a drastic step, but family counselling is great for dealing with family problems, no matter the issue, and can offer a lot of support.

These are just three examples of stress and how they can effect your life. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, please know that there are people out there who can help and are willing to listen. When I get really bad with my stress, I tend to lock myself away and practice yoga. I’ve been doing so since uni, and I can honestly say that it helps to clear your mind. Why not try it yourself? I have a dedicated YouTube Playlist for beginners if you’re interested!

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