6. Stop worrying about what you cannot change. This especially comes with things such as politics. Learning to accept things as they are an important coping mechanism, but not as easy as it sounds.
7. Take responsibility for making your life what you want it to be. It is less stressful to make decisions and take action than to feel powerless and react to other’s decisions. Decide what you want and go for it
8. Treat your body right – You will have more self-confidence and energy, and be less likely to experience the physical side effects of stress:
Eat a healthy breakfast and healthy snacks only. Your choice of food is very important when dealing with stress; stay away from sugary snacks and have unsalted nuts and fruit available.
Drink water it is the best beverage and stay off alcohol which always adds to stress one way or another. Caffeine is also known to raise stress levels, so again it is best to drink water.
Get fit. Exercise a little every day. This releases endorphins that can lower stress levels, also eat chocolate it also releases endorphins, but only in a small to moderate dosage.
Get enough sleep, and, if possible, get into regular sleeping habits.
9. Listen to music. Stress can inspire intense emotional reaction. Utilize it. Vent the spleen to a favourite piece of music and experience a happy release. Also, positive and relaxing music can be helpful.
Listen to calm and soft music. It really gets you relaxed and happy. Try listening to music with no vocals and pick music with instruments like the flute, piano, etc.
10. Use positive self-talk – One of the first things you can do in facing stressful situations is to reinforce your resolve through positive statements such as, “I can handle this, one step at a time,” or “Since I’ve been successful with this before, there’s no reason why I can’t do it again”.
11. Rehearse (visualize) – When you know that you are going to face a stressful situation, rehearse how you are going to handle it. Picture yourself overcoming it successfully. Create a mental “videotape” that you can play over and over in your mind.
12. Develop a sense of humour – One of the barriers to stress reduction is the temptation to take things too seriously. It’s okay to back off from your intensity and see the humour in life’s situations. Laugh a little or better yet, laugh a lot! See the humour in stress.
13. Talk to some of your close friends. This is one of the most important things, as keeping things bottled up can only cause more stress.
14. Accept and appreciate the turmoil around you, without it there couldn’t be anything you could call a good thing. Understand, that to feel frustration and anxiety only indicates your own humanity, and it’s nothing to feel ashamed of.
15. Take a bath this will give you private time and relax your body.
16. Don’t be a lone, try to associate with your friends, go out with them and have some fun but don’t booze in this situation because you might end up doing weird things that you will regret for your entire life. Play some games, do some swimming that is if you know how to swim…
17. Lastly but not the least, Pray to God to intervene, remember he never fails, He will comfort your heart, He’ll make you be a strong person, He will take away that stress, He will show you the right people to stick with, He will help you get over that situation, He will provide you with what you want, He will give you endless joy… So spare some few minutes of your time, get on your knees and pray to him and even thank him.
I wish you the best my friend but always bear it in your minds that NO SITUATION IS PERMANET ON EARTH. So “Nebyo bija kugwa” and YOUR LIFE WILL GO ON…
BE STRONG, DON’T LOSE HOPE & DON’T GIVE UP. YOU STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TILL YOU FULFILL ALL YOUR GOALS. Believe in yourself that you can make it no matter what.