The problem is that stress is literally lethal. In fact, the AIS found that stress causes 60 percent of human illnesses and diseases. Three out of four doctor’s visits stem from something related to stress. Stress increases the risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke. Plus, it cuts into precious sleep hours.
To combat it, you’ve got to know how to deal with stress. Check out these seven ways to stop freaking out and stress better.
Accept that some things are out of your control.
In truth, much of what we stress about is beyond our control. That’s because the only thing we really have power over in life is our own reactions.
Psych Central compares this to a simple car. No one can drive it until you hand over the keys (or the remote). This means that while you can’t control someone else, you can control your reaction to any given situation. It’s your choice whether or not to get worked up.
So let go. Decide if the situation you’re stressing about is in your power to change. And if it is, make a plan to do just that. At the end of the day, it’s your life, and your reactions are your choice.
And if you can't control a situation, then make a decision to accept it. This acceptance can help to take your stress down several notches.