It is important that you and I know how to manage stress as stress is unavoidable—it is a normal part of life we encounter on a day to day basis.
Although there is really no accurate definition of stress, most experts agree that stress is a subjective feeling that individuals experience as a response to certain situations.
Stress at moderate levels can be helpful and motivating. However, chronic stress can lead to numerous mental, physical and emotional problems.
Symptoms Of Poor Stress Management
It’s important to learn how to recognize when your stress levels are out of control so it won’t take a heavy toll on you. Stress affects the mind, body, and behavior in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently, but here are some of the most common symptoms that your stress is becoming out of hand.
- Cognitive Symptoms – Memory problems and lack of concentration or focus
- Emotional Symptoms – Moodiness, irritability and depression
- Physical Symptoms – Bowel problems, chest pain and migraine
- Behavioral Symptoms – Overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, social withdrawal and hostility
Simple Things You Should Do To Manage Stress Effectively
Although stress can be detrimental, there are so many ways to keep it under control. Below are some suggestions to help you manage stress.
1. Identify your stress instigators and eliminate those that can be eliminated.
Believe me, there are a lot of things stressing you out that you don’t really need in your life. There is no point wasting energy on things that you can live without. But remember that not all stressors should be avoided. So learn to tell which situation needs to be dealt with and which ones can be let go.
2. Stop competing.
We are living in a highly competitive society. People compete for possessions, positions, appearances and many other things.
Often, our self-esteem is based on how superior we are compared to other people around us. You may not notice it, but this kind of spirit and practice brings in a lot of stress to your life. Why? Because there will always be someone better than you. Hard as it may be, to lessen stress in your life, you need to be satisfied with who you are and what you have.
3. Identify a relaxation method that works for you.
Meditation and breathing exercises have been proven to be very effective in controlling stress but there are many other methods out there. These methods are often simple, can be done anywhere and can instantly lessen stress levels.
4. Get enough sleep.
Lack of rest aggravates stress. If you do not get enough sleep, you will end up feeling tired all day which will make you irritable and dysfunctional; thereby increasing your stress levels.
5. Express your feelings instead of bottling them up.
Talk to a trusted friend or make an appointment with a therapist—just find someone you can share your feelings with. If you don’t voice your feelings, resentment will build and you will even feel more stressed out. Expressing what you’re going through might not change the situation you are in, but it can help you unload some of the burden within you.
6. Exercise regularly.
Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. It can serve as an outlet for your stress and tension, take your mind of the situation and can also stimulate the release of natural happy hormones. So, spare at least 30 minutes everyday for exercise.
7. Eat a healthy diet.
Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Avoid caffeinated drinks and sweets as they can cause fluctuation in your blood sugar which can negatively affect your mood and bring about stress.
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