13 deep questions to ask yourself when you feel stress

  1. What needs to be done that I am concerned about completing?
  2. What is going well for me today? What are some of the successes I have had today?
  3. What do I want to accomplish today? What do I need to do to get there?
  4. What are the main things that make me feel stressed?
  5. Do I need to make changes to my routine or work schedule that will help me feel less stressed at work?
  6. Do I feel unable to complete everything in the allotted time?
  7. Do I feel overwhelmed with my work and have too many things to do?
  8. Am I worried about my work?
  9. What would happen if I didn’t do what I was supposed to do today?
  10. What have my responsibilities been today?
  11. What am I doing today?
  12. Have I been active?
  13. Do I have any deadlines or expectations today?

14 tips on how to deal with stress

  1. Start a journal where you write down what is bothering you and then write a solution to the problem.
  2. Spend time with friends and family that make you feel good, and avoid people who make you feel bad.
  3. Spend time outdoors when weather allows for it.
  4. Spend time away from electronics such as TV, smart phones, computers etc.
  5. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or yoga. Yoga can be done at home or in a studio with classes offered in a variety of styles to meet different needs.
  6. Get enough sleep so you can function better and be more productive during the day. The Centers for Disease Control recommends seven hours of sleep for adults 1864 years old, eight hours for adults over 6
  7. Find ways to manage your time better.
  8. Find ways to have some fun in your life. Find different things about yourself that make you happy or successful in life.
  9. Figure out what is making you stressed, then don’t do it. For example, if your job is stressing you out, go home and take care of yourself.
  10. Exercise in order to release stress hormones from the body. A daily 10minute walk can help reduce muscle tension and anxiety while also helping the heart to stay healthy.
  11. Establish boundaries — say no sometimes, especially when people ask for too much of your time.
  12. Delete toxic people from your life.
  13. Create an environment that is beautiful to you, making sure to incorporate a few of your favorite things like flowers and candles that can trigger positive memories.
  14. Consider a change in your schedule: go to bed earlier or wake up earlier and spend time in the morning doing things that you enjoy.

How stress affects you

Stressors are events or activities that can cause the body to react by releasing stress hormones. Some of these hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, can have beneficial effects on the body. These include increasing heart rate and making blood vessels constrict, which helps to maintain a proper blood pressure and aids in metabolism.