While short term stress management helps to alleviate the headache and tension forming within, long-term management would be more effective. Long-term stress management involves more than physical methods; there are also coping strategies that the mind has to adopt as well.
- Be with positive people
The people you spend time with affects you a lot. Someone who constantly whines about every tiny thing will surely wear you out mentally compared to one who brushes off small misadventures. If you find that your friends are starting to wear you out, it might be time to seek new company for the sake of your mental health.
- Learn to say “No”
Sometimes, we bow to the expectations of loved ones, superiors, workmates and society, doing and taking on things that we aren’t comfortable with. As a result, we end up being unhappy trying to meet their expectations. Learn to refuse as there’s no point making others happy at the cost of your own unhappiness.
- Appreciate what you have
Instead of whining about Monday blues, the old car that we drive or the last holiday that seemed too long ago, why not sit back and give thanks for the fact that we have a job, a car and a holiday compared to those who are less fortunate. The gift of sight and ability to walk are already things that we should be thankful for each day. So when things don’t turn out the way you want it, focus on what you have instead of what you don’t. And never compare yourself to others, you may seem to have less than what they have but always remember that there are many out there who have less than what you have too.
- Love your job
Even the people paid handsomely at the world’s biggest corporations may not be happy. If there is something bothering you at work, find ways to make work more pleasing. Constantly solve or eliminate unpleasantness, speak to your superior or colleagues to see if they can help you to love your job better. If there is nothing else that you can do to make work more bearable, it is time to move on. We spend the most of our week at work, so it is utmost important that we must be happy with what we do for a living.
Learning to de-stress long-term revolves a lot of mental strength. You have to be strong mentally to shrug off accumulating pressure and then think positively in order to manage stress, before it manages you.