Even meeting people at a party and worrying that your dress isn’t looking nice can cause stress. In short, stress happens when your mind is processing more than one thing at a time.
As a result, some part of your mind will remain occupied with these thoughts and stress is likely to happen when you do any activity. Writing the things down in your to-do list will free up your mind’s space and your mind will no longer bother you because it now knows that the tasks will get done. This way your chances of getting stressed will get drastically reduced.
2) Re-assure your mind
If, however, you re-assure your mind by telling yourself something like, “I’ll call the plumber as soon as I’m on my way home” then your mind won’t bother you any more about it and your mind’s space that was worrying about it will get freed up.
Even if you are a maths wizard, you can’t work on both problems at the same time. Avoid trying to multi-task because it can unnecessarily load your mind and stress you out.
4) Eliminate stressors
I heard somewhere that Steve Jobs used to paint his office walls white so that he could think clearly. Very effective because if you have something that drags your attention every now and then, you can’t really concentrate and will only end up stressed.
When stressed, relax
Anything that you do which relaxes you can help. Music, meditation, sleep, a walk or just going to a solitary place free from any distractions. Personally, I have found sleep to be the best antidote for stress. When you take a nap, your mind takes a break from the information overload and gets time to sort out the information.
Those whispers of mental chatter that you hear in your head when you’re taking a nap might be nothing but your mind sorting out the overwhelming information. That’s why you feel lighter in the mind when you wake up after the nap! The load has been reduced, the information has been dealt with.
The key is responding to stress in time and preventing it from harming you. When we don’t listen to our emotions, they scream louder and we reach a point where our stress becomes intolerable. We all get stressed every now and then but taking timely breaks to ensure that the stress doesn’t reach sky-high levels can go a long way in maintaining our well-being.