Not all stress can be avoided and it is also unhealthy to avoid situations that require your attention. However, you may be surprised that you can lessen the amount of stress by just removing some of the things in your life:
Pair with someone who doesn’t stress you out
If your current relationship causes stress, then it is about time to set yourself free and limit the time you spend with that person. If there is no way to turn the relationship around, then you can end the relationship. At the end of the day, when all things are said and done, you will be surprised how this little act of courage helps free your mind and gets you back on track.
Avoid people who stress you out
If your group at work or in school causes you more problems than help, then maybe you should stay away from them. Find another group of people that is more obliging, less demanding, more understanding, and less stressful.
Learn how to say ‘no’
Whether it is your friend inviting you to a party or your boss asking you to stay after office hours to work on a project, you have to know your limits and learn to say ‘no’ if necessary. Taking on more than you can handle is a good recipe for unnecessary stress.
Have a positive attitude
Every situation in life can be seen as good or bad; it is up to you to decide which side of the coin you are going to choose. While it is difficult to look at the bright side all the time, it is still one of the better ways to avoid unnecessary stress.
Be realistic when setting your goals
It is nice to set the bar high so you can aim high. It is okay to test your limits so you can push yourself and work harder. But if the bar and limits you set are beyond reality, then revise them and set something more realistic. This goes with both your personal and professional life.
Trim down your to-do-list
If your schedule proves to be overwhelming and stressful, then you better start trimming down your to-do-list. Check your schedule and identify the things you should do and the things you must do. Drop unnecessary activities and keep those things you really need to do.