Figure out what to address first
There’s rarely a shortage of thing going on in your life that can cause you to become stressed. If you try to address them all you’ll probably end up feeling more overwhelmed than when you started. You need to workout what can be dealt with and what is out of your control and then identify which of the issues you can actually do something about should be addressed first.
What is within my control?
Start by thinking about everything that is causing you stress. Think about the issues that are coming up most frequently, the things that are long term events, and the recent one off events that are causing you stress. List them all out.
Now try to figure out which of these are beyond your control. Some of these will be obvious others less so, as you may have possible ways to address these issues.
Don’t try and solve every problem at once
You’ll just end up felling overwhelmed if you try to address everything at the same time. See if you can identify the biggest cause of stress with the simplest route to reduce it and tackle that issue first. One technique is take the list of problems you think you can address and imagine each of them being resolved. Whichever gives the biggest sense of relief is probably a good first choice.
It’s OK that you can’t control everything
It may seem counter intuitive but it’s actually good to accept you can’t control everything. Rather than thinking about it as a lack of control, think about it as removing extra responsibility. There are things that happen which are not within your control, not your responsibility, and definitely not your fault. Learning to live with that mindset can help reduce stress and make you more productive with your time and energy.