How To Handle The Stress In Your Life
Everyone faces stress from time to time and it affects absolutely everyone in completely different ways. Family, work, daily life or self-induced stress, it is almost impossible to avoid sometimes. When we feel stressed it can feel overwhelming and be scary to deal with, while a small amount can motivate you to take positive action in your life, too much can weigh you down.
Stress is usually a reaction to mental or emotional pressure; it is often related to feeling like you are losing control over something. As last month was stress awareness month, we have been looking at some of the common signs of and some helpful ways to manage it when everything becomes a little too much.
Managing your stress levels is important and knowing how best to deal with them in positive ways is the key to helping yourself in the long run. It is also important to know that it is ok when you are feeling stressed, life can be full of challenges and it is how we overcome it that makes us stronger.
When stress builds up, it can affect our health and happiness in countless different ways here are some of the common signs and things that can cause of stress:
Common things that can cause stress.
· being under lots of pressure.
· facing big changes.
· worrying about something.
· not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation.
· having responsibilities that you are finding overwhelming.
· not having enough work, activities or change in your life.
· times of uncertainty.
The common signs of stress.
· Aches and pains.
· Chest pain or a feeling like your heart is racing.
· Exhaustion or trouble sleeping.
· Headaches, dizziness or shaking.
· High blood pressure.
· Muscle tension or jaw clenching.
· Stomach or digestive problems.
The Science Behind Stress
The stress we deal with in our lives often manifests both physically and mentally, breaking down our bodies, our minds and overall health. When you are under stress, the levels of a hormone called cortisol start to rise in your blood. Much of life’s stress comes from how we view the various situations we encounter. Learning how to effectively manage it can help you be happier, healthier, and even more productive in daily life.
Below are some tips on how best to reduce and manage your stress levels:
1. Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.
2. Breathe. Slow, deep breaths can help lower blood pressure and heart rate.
3. Talk to others.
4. Burn off the tension with physical activity.
5. Take a bath and use some stress relieving products.
6. Being organised can help to minimise stress levels.
7. If you know you will be entering into a stressful situation, think ahead of time about how best to manage it.
8. Take a break (it is ok to take some down time when you need it)
9. Listen to some music, a podcast or meditation.
10. Set yourself goals and challenges to free your mind of worries.
11. Recognise when you need more help.
You Are Not Alone
Whatever strategies you choose, it is important to remember that there is a solution to any problem, but sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax and give yourself some much-needed time by taking steps in the right direction. Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life, and remember you are not alone in this.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”