The Discipline of Overcoming Stress
There is no denying that all of us deal with overcoming stress on a regular basis. Stress is an unfortunately common component in many of our lives, but if let unattended, stress can start to wreak havoc on your health and your life.
This is why it is important to have a plan on how to overcome the stress that is weighing you down, and that stress is going to take a great deal of discipline. The good news is this guide can help you stay focused and on track with your journey to overcome the stress in your life.
What Stress is Doing to You
If you really want to stay focused and disciplined with your stress management—then there is no better motivator than having a real understanding of what your stress is doing to you. Stress isn’t just annoying, but it can actually lead to issues with depression and anxiety, it can cause sleep issues and even lead to high-blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.
This is why it is so important to take this effort seriously and do your best to use a disciplined attitude in order to overcome the stress in your life.
Understanding Where Your Stress Comes From
Before you can start treating the stress that is weighing you down—you need to understand where it is that your stress is coming from. Take the time to really reflect, meditate, journal on and think about where it is that your stress is coming from.
If you can recognize the source of your stress, then you know exactly where to focus your attention when it comes to eliminating the root of your problem. A great way to do this? Practice mindfulness.
If you engage in regular mindful meditation or mindful walking, then you will start to be more aware of what is going on in the world around you and more in tune with your own feelings. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to be more aware of how you are interacting with the world, and more aware of exactly what it is that is causing stress in your life.
Creating a Plan for Your Stress Management
Once you have an understanding of where the stress in your life is coming from—you can start creating a plan for your own stress management efforts. You need to have a plan for how you are going to tackle stress head on—and of course, making a plan requires discipline.
Having discipline to make a plan for your future efforts to combat stress will help you visualize what your future can be like with less stress and help you see what tackling your stress can do for you.
Why Being Disciplined is Essential to Overcoming Stress
With a plan detailed, it is time to start following through on your plans to eliminate stress from your life. This is where the discipline factor comes into play.
Think of the stress that infiltrates your life as a habit—a very bad habit. In order to break bad habits you need to be disciplined enough to stick with a plan and stick to your guns about making better choices. If you are disciplined with yourself, you can have more control over your workloads, will be more focused and more motivated and learn to keep your attention on what is important instead of on the stress that is wearing you down.
Stress is chaos in your life and the opposite of chaos is discipline and structure—so keep this discipline at the forefront of your attention to start battling that stress so you can keep those emotions at bay.
Tips on How to Use the Discipline of Overcoming Stress in Your Life
Ready to start being more disciplined in your effort to eliminate stress in your life? Here are a few practical, and usable tips on how to use discipline to your advantage as you get rid of that unwanted stress.
- Be disciplined about working out. Staying active is one of the world’s best natural anti-depressants. Exercising regularly and staying disciplined about these workouts is a great way to naturally feel calmer and less stressed.
- Be disciplined to eat right. Having more control over your diet can also help with your stress and mood. Try to be more controlled about how often you are eating sugar and drinking caffeine—as avoiding these things can help you avoid over-stimulation and help you get a better night of rest.
- Be disciplined about getting sleep. One of the best ways to manage your stress is to be more disciplined with your sleep rituals—it will help with virtually every aspect of your life, including your tendency to get overly stressed.
- Be disciplined about a routine. If you find yourself struggling with stress on a regular basis, then you need to look at your routine. If your routine is chaotic and you are going to bed, eating and getting up at different times—it will only make the rest of your life chaotic, so if you want to find balance and be less-stressed and feel less chaotic and overwhelmed, consider creating a routine for yourself.
Keep these tips in mind as you work to be disciplined in your everyday life and create a structured, stable life that is more conducive to peace and mindfulness, instead of an environment that fosters stress and chaos—you will only see positive benefits throughout the rest of your life.
Overcoming stress can seem unavoidable, but the more disciplined you are about setting yourself up for success, the better chances you have to get that stress under control.
That stress that eats away at your each and every day may be doing more harm in your life than you realize. The good news is, with the right attitude, some self-awareness and of course plenty of discipline, you can finally learn how to manage that stress that is weighing you down and start living a better, less-stressful life.