If you ask most people what causes them stress, the response you’re most likely to hear is “life”. While life isn’t always smooth sailing, there are many things you can do to shake up the status quo and get out of your stressed-out state. As soon as you’re in the control seat – taking action – you’ll feel better than if you were to sit around and ruminate. Here’s how:

TAKE STOCK

Write down how you want your life to look. What would your life look like if you felt happy and fulfilled? Next, write down how your life currently looks. Now, here’s the tough part. How far apart are those two visions? If they are far apart, take heart. Write down everything you can think that will lead you to the life you really want to live and strive to achieve them.

DON’T COMPARE YOUR LIFE TO OTHERS

Comparing yourself to others is never accurate because things can look a whole lot different in reality. With the emergence of social media, you can idealise someone, but you probably don’t have the full “unfiltered” story. Comparing your life to others loses you valuable energy that could go into getting your own life to where you want it to be.

A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE IS A GREAT STARTING POINT, BUT SOMETIMES EVEN THAT NEEDS A HELPING HAND

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GET RID OF ANYTHING HOLDING YOU BACK

Don’t hang on to things or relationships. Filter everything with the question: Do I really love it? If you don’t, recycle or donate and fill your home only with the things you love the most. Spend your time doing as many things you love as you can. Imagine looking around your home, your closet, your desk and liking everything you see?

REPLACE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS WITH POSITIVE ONES

Make a gratitude list or keep a great experience journal. It’s so easy for our minds to get stuck on what isn’t going right and get stuck in a stressed-out tailspin. Instead focus on what’s going right in your life. You may just surprise yourself at how much you truly have to be grateful for and it will put things in perspective.

TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOU

Make time to recharge and make it non-negotiable. What helps you feel revitalised? It can be anything: yoga, a walk in the park, a phone call with a good friend, a mug of tea, or curling up on the couch with a good book. It’s essential for your well-being, mood and outlook. It’ll help you feel back in control over your mood and how you respond to life’s challenges.