It’s normal to feel under pressure sometimes. It’s part of being human. But when pressure and stress get out of control, it can lead to feeling overwhelmed, anxious, irritable and low.
While it can be easy to put off dealing with stress – avoiding thinking about things, shutting off at the end of the day with a glass of wine or scrolling through social media – the stresses don’t go away. It’s like putting them into a big sack; you might not see them so easily but you’re carrying them around with you wherever you go. The more you put in, the heavier your burden becomes.
Avoiding the problems only leaves you feeling worse in the long run. It’s much better to have a proactive approach to handling pressure in a positive way. You don’t always have a choice over what life throws at you, but you do have a choice over how you react to it. Rather than drinking to deal with stress, try some of these mood-altering techniques.