We've all had days when we've been swamped with family, work and other life obligations. It only takes one thing to set us off—and our stress level goes off the charts.
The next time you find yourself in that situation, try one of these tips:
Find a coping mechanism. When encountering a stressful situation, some people take a walk; others take deep breaths or count to 10. Find a technique that gives you a moment to calm your mind before taking action. Giving yourself positive reinforcement—telling yourself you can handle the problem—can help, too.
Have an outlet. Take some time for yourself with an activity or hobby that can reenergize you. Also, you can use exercise to blow off steam (cardio, strength training) or relax (yoga, tai chi).
Unplug when possible. Resist the temptation to answer e-mails in the evening while you are at home. If you must be online after work hours, try to set aside one night a week when you won't be. At work, take breaks and try not to work through lunch.
Live well. Proper eating and exercise are necessary, of course. Also helpful are stress reduction techniques, such as daily meditation, plus a sense of humor and time spent with family and friends where you can talk about any problems you have.