I have a Diploma in Stress Management, so I am now more aware of stress and how we must deal with it. Taking stress out of our life helps us deal with matters we need to deal with most. Taking stress away allows us to focus on staying positive so that we make better choices in life, particularly where health is concerned.
There are ways to deal with it. Not being afraid to say no to unreasonable demands from family or friends is the key, particularly if we feel those demands will lead us to more stress. Do you see the demand or request they are asking as being fair? Would you see it as being fair if the demand they are asking of you was placed on someone else?
Always say no if that is your intention, but clearly give your reasons rather than giving a list of excuses. You are merely refusing the request and not the person. Maybe a compromise can be reached by you offering an alternative. If the time isn’t right but the request is, an explanation will help the other person understand just why it can’t be done when they would like.
Look at the factors that are causing you to have stress. To manage stress, look at the people you have around you in your life. Perhaps there are other people who are better qualified who can take specific activities to help you. Is the stress coming from people who are trying to help, but just don’t get the job done the way you want?
Rather than wait for the stress to pass, it’s always better to deal with stress when you experience it, rather than the benefit of hindsight. Maybe manage the issues that are causing unnecessary stress. Plan new and positive experiences, so that you focus on what you will gain, rather than what is stressful.
Be honest with yourself so that you don’t dismiss what you see as stressful, even if someone else might see it as trivial. It would not be for someone else to pass judgment on you.