Avoid a Stressful Life Source
Sometimes our lives can get extremely stressful and difficult because we are all human and far from perfect. I know as a college student, I have had those days where everything can get unbearable, especially during exams. But just because it's hard doesn’t mean it has to ruin you mentally and physically. So let’s take a look at how we can “avoid the stress”.
1) Manage Expectations
Often in life, we have expectations set upon us by ourselves, family, friends, or even a job, but have you ever wondered how these expectations affect your life? Are these expectations Liberating or Victimizing? Take, for example, someone who believes he is going to fail an exam because he has been receiving bad grades in the class. That person is more likely to have less and less enthusiasm for his coursework compared to someone who is doing much better than he is. This is a phenomenon that has been well-researched, called a self-fulfilling prophecy. Clearly, our expectations have a huge part on how we view our daily life and everything in it. At times we may need to take a step back and re-adjust our expectations so that they don’t govern our lives and we don't become dependent on their outcome.
2) Think Positive
So is the glass half empty or half full? You may think that it doesn’t matter. You may think that no matter how you feel, the outcome will still be the same. However, a Study by the Mayo Clinic shows that positive thinking actually increases your lifespan, lowers the likelihood of depression and distress, and even increases resistance to the common cold. It just increases your overall well being, both physical and psychological! Let’s face it, no matter how much of a “realist” you are, being positive has its benefits and if you want to improve your quality of life and live more comfortably, this is something to practice.
3) Living Healthily
Now here comes the big question: do you have to be healthy to live a comfortable and fulfilling life? Chances are no. There are plenty of exceptions out there that may or may not apply to you, but the fact is it can’t hurt. Balancing nutrition and physical activity has many physical benefits such as a stronger immune system, lower chance of cardiovascular disease, and even mental benefits such as reduced stress. Something that has worked for me in the past is visiting bodybuilding.com and checking out their free workout plans and nutrition plans.
4) What's Around You?
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, this topic is easy. Do your surroundings make you happy? Your environment is key to living your life comfortably and stress free. Whether it be your job, your friends, your possessions or your family, surround yourself with things that will delight you. Make a conscious effort to evaluate your environment and change it so that it will be more positive for your well being. So much of our lives are spent being surrounded by stressful things like deadlines, papers, and exams. Having people or things around you let you ground yourself and lets you realize what truly matters in this life.
5) Everything in Moderation
“Too much of anything is bad”. We’ve heard this phrase from our parents too many times for us to forget. I heard it over and over. During my freshmen year of college, I was getting adjusted to living without my parents and ended up doing way too much of one thing since I didn’t have my parents to guide me. I ended up playing too many video games, eating out way too much, and ended up doing a LOT of NOT studying. Naturally, my grades suffered because of it. Experience is often the best and also the strictest teacher in this world. We sometimes have to learn the hard way, but I completely agree that there is a time for everything. So you should try and find balance your life without indulging too much in any one thing. This will lead to a healthier and more productive life, so believe me when I say balance is key.