Career Health & Beauty Share Tweet No matter what you do, life seems to always inject a little too much stress into your daily life. Whether you are an overloaded high school English teacher with 150 research essays to grade or a high-profile trial lawyer working on the largest case of your career, you will undoubtedly be victim to the pressures that work and lifestyle can bring. A man’s ego can help him accomplish an endless string of wonderful things, yet it can also obstruct him from making healthy decisions about life in the long run. TIPS FOR AVOIDING STRESS Too many people try to merely shrug stress off and start fresh the next day, with some even saying they thrive on the stress. While this denial may be true on the surface, the basic fact is clear: Heavy stress is good for no one, especially not for a father or husband. So, if you are stressed by anything — finances, relationships, work — you need to step back and reassess your life. Determine why it’s overwhelming you and understand that if it is not managed quickly and properly, the most important parts of your life will suffer, beginning with your family. The problem for most people begins when they simply push ahead, misguidedly feeling that they will get through this and that life will get simpler. What you need to see is that stress and its effects do not melt away. Thus, rather than looking the other way, you need to find its source, figure out why it is hammering away at you, and make reflective decisions based on truth. The tough part is figuring out exactly how to go about making change. Keep the following concepts in mind if you find yourself suffering. Be truthful. Unfortunately, many people admit to only a part of the problem. Rather than unearthing the real source of the issue, they allow themselves to remain in a comfort zone, all the while giving more power to their stress, as now they know deep inside that they have not been honest with others or with themselves. Therefore, a self-damaging cycle begins. To really become stress-free, you must lay it all out there and uncover the truth about your stress. Hold nothing in. It may be hard, and you may need to step all over your ego, but the end result is well worth it. Take responsibility. Normally, people tend to blame their stress on others. Yet doing so cripples you. Taking control of your environment and owning what happens are both large steps toward confronting and overcoming stress. Once you decide that you make the decisions that impact your life and that you are ultimately responsible for all that happens, you can then grow and move on. Control what you can. So much in life is well beyond our control, so worrying about it makes little sense. For example, the behavior of other people is not your responsibility. Focus on how you manage life and your own decisions; forget how other people judge you and respond. If your actions are pure and genuine, then everything else is mere interpretation. Let it go. Recognize your real priorities. Figure out what in life has real value. Spending quality time with your kids, for example, rather than spending empty time watching television with your mobile phone in your hand. List the basic principles that make you a great parent or partner, and then see what isn’t there. This is what likely causes stress. Seek support. While some find comfort in going to a professional therapist or counselor, most can look in places a little closer to home. Tell your partner your problems. Do not fear being vulnerable or appearing weak. Trying to manage all of it inside your head is a terrible decision, one that can really only result in pain and lack of progress. Verbalize your concerns and get help to create a life that is based on happiness, simplicity and value. In the end, simplify your life and make it about what is important. Life will never be free from stress, but you do not need to be its prisoner.