As we enter into the month of March, let’s not only celebrate our place in history as women but, but make an impact of our own. We know this can be incredibly stressful. Nobody in their right mind would try to convince you that we live in a stress-free world.
While it is true that men and women both are subjected to stress, many would believe that men tend to have a harder time dealing with it. It used to be conventional wisdom that men had more stress than women, but ask any woman and you will find out that simply isn’t true. In some ways, women are at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with stress, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
For one thing, a lot of women are mothers and have full time jobs as well. In a perfect world, men and women would share all of the household responsibilities equally, but study after study has shown that women do much more of the work around the home, even if they work outside of the home, they unfairly do most of the domestic tasks.
Your ability to deal with stress matters more than you think! How you respond to stress matters. Here are some quick, effective methods for reducing stress this month and beyond.
Tip #1: Use the magic word. What is the magic word? The word is NO. That’s right! Perhaps
there is an inborn need women have to take care of things, or maybe it has been thrust upon them by society. Either way, they often find it hard to say no. While this isn’t always a problem if it doesn’t get too far out of hand, it can add to your stress if you start ignoring yourself.
Besides, if you really want to help others, then doesn’t it make sense that you should be as free from stress as possible?
Tip #2: Go for a walk. Or, participate in any form of exercise. Walking, swimming, dancing, hiking, going for a bike ride, or any other activity will help you in several ways. It will give you time to clear your mind. It can also help you to blow off steam in a constructive manner. See, society generally says that women can express happiness and cry once in a while, but not show their anger. That doesn’t mean you should never get mad, but rather that exercise is a healthy outlet to get rid of some of the anger that can lead to stress. Of course, the fact that exercise will also make you healthier is just icing on the cake.
Tip #3: Treat yourself. You have to take some time to do good things for yourself, to do the things you enjoy. You don’t have to forget everybody else, but be sure to remember you too.
Don’t just promise yourself that you will do something nice when you have the time. Instead, schedule time for yourself every day, or every week. And don’t feel guilty about it either; you’ve earned it. You will feel better, and the people around you will notice an improvement as your stress starts to melt away.
How you deal with stress matters. Unless you were born with a special gift for managing stress intelligently and effectively, this is one of the skills worth your time to develop. Your response to stress can predict the level of success you enjoy in your life.