Interaction with other people starves off depression and anxiety as the body releases hormones that prevent your fight-or-flight response. People who create significant relations with others are less prone to stress than those with limited socialization skills. You can join groups that help you socialize and participate in other activities with friends.
Social support may best help reduce stress by:
- Alleviating the effects of distress
- Encouraging adherence to a treatment plan
- Enhancing self-confidence and the ability to cope with stressful situations
- Promoting healthy lifestyle choices
Hone Your Time Management Skills
Poor time management will make you feel anxious and stressed. It’s hard to stay calm and focused when you’re running behind and stretched too thin. Plus, it will be easy to go back to important things like getting enough sleep, socializing, or having some quality “me” time. To manage your time better:
- Set realistic goals that you can effectively accomplish with your ability and available time.
- Make a to-do list and tackle the tasks in order of importance
- Break large projects into small, manageable steps
- Say “No” to demands that will place too much stress on you
- Delegate responsibility whenever possible to your group members or family members
- Have a healthy sense of self-esteem
While stress is unavoidable, it shouldn’t be ignored. If left untreated, chronic stress can lead to serious mental and physical health problems. The best thing is that you can reduce and manage stress using some useful strategies and patience. Find stress management techniques that fit your personality and lifestyle, and if you face any difficulty, professionals at Mango Clinic are there to help.