These strategies can help:
Practice the 4A’s of life (Avoid, Alter, Adapt and Accept)
(I) Avoid stress that comes your way:
Stress can come in many ways (environment, friend/colleague, work front). Try to cut down the stress that comes to you as much as possible.
For example, if a person causes you stress, try to interact less with the person. If traffic annoys you, take a less travelled route. If you have a long list of works to be done, prioritize it with ‘must do’s’ and ‘should do’s’. Cutting down the unnecessary stressors can help you get over a major portion of stress.
(II) Alter the situation
If you can’t avoid the stress that comes to you, try to alter the situation. One thing people don’t realize is that there could be more than one solution to a problem.
For example: Let’s say that you have an important deadline to meet within a specific time limit, which you may feel unrealistic. Analyze the situation and look for solutions to finish the deadlines. If you haven’t found any, you could ask for extra time or at least enough resources to complete it.
Speak out to people to get things done instead of bottling up within yourself and stressing over it.
(III) Adapt to the stressor
If you can’t even alter the solution, then you will need to adapt to the stressor. Try to look at the big picture and adapt yourself accordingly.
Let’s say that you have worked on a project and it ended up to be an unexpected failure. Don’t fume over the failure. Instead, look at the learning opportunities the failure has given you. Analyze how long that failure will affect or even matter to you. If it isn’t going to matter to you on a long run, focus your time and energy on something else.