One of the keys to mastering stress is, control.  Stress and control are like mood and body weight: In a general sense, when one is up, the other is down, and vice versa.

If you’re serious about reducing your stress, consider finding ways of increasing your feelings of control.

Here are 9 ways to get you started.

You can control:

  • Your reaction to others.  Do you react on impulse or do you take your time to respond?
  • Your to do list.  Do you manage how many items are on it, or is it like a weed that keeps on growing?
  • The goals you have.  How many do you have?  Do you have too many?  Which are most important to your quality of life?
  • How you spend your day.  To what extent are you aware of how you delegate your time?  Does it even matter .
  • How much time you delegate to a project.  To what extent are you aware of the time you pour into it?  Does this bring your life out of balance and away from the relationships and other activities that are important to you?
  • How you treat yourself, I.  Do you betray and abandon yourself?  Do you take yourself seriously enough, your thoughts, feelings, intuitions, or dreams, to give them your undivided attention?
  • How you treat yourself, II.   What do your exercise and eating habits look like?
  • How you treat other people.  How kind are you?  How often?  And to what extent can you resist the temptation to feed the conflict in your relationships?
  • How you communicate your needs to others.  Do you let people know when you’re stressed out, or need time by yourself, or need help with a project.  Or do you expect them to know what you need when you need it.

We have more control in our life than we know.  There are other ways besides the ones listed above for us to do so.

In what ways can you have more control in yours?