Stress is an inevitable part of life in the busy, hectic society of today. With things constantly needing to be done, unexpected expenses, unplanned events, problems at work or at home and more, stress can lead to physical symptoms and cause serious damage.
How we deal with stress becomes imperative in maintaining a healthy and balanced life, as well as a healthy mindset. It’s often easy to get overwhelmed. Stress can trigger headaches, physical illness, reduced immune system function and anxiety attacks. Learning to deal with stress as it comes is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, and these tips can help reduce the impact that stress often has on our minds and our bodies.
It may seem like the last thing in the world you have time to do, but exercise can greatly reduce the impact of stress, and the worry that it creates in your mind. Exercise releases chemicals in the body that promote a steady emotional state, and burning off excess energy and frustration that stress is known to cause can be a healthy way to deal with stress positively. Going for a brisk walk or taking a run on a treadmill is not only good for you physically, but mentally as well.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can serve a dual purpose. Not only does it help you get all your thoughts out on paper (or online if typing is easier) but it can also help organize a stressful situation into more manageable pieces. By focusing on one aspect at a time, and making the effort to get your feelings out, they often reduce in intensity by the time you’re done. Then you’re ready to restart your task clearly and hopefully with a more helpful direction.
3) Take a Break
When pressures arise at work or at home, it may seem impossible to walk away from your desk and remove yourself physically from the situation. But (as any motivational speaker can tell you) taking a break – even for a few moments – can help your mind refocus and come back to the project at hand with a new focus.
4) Talk It Out
Like journaling, talking out your stress or frustration to a close friend, spouse or family member can do wonders at reducing the impact that stress can have. Vocalizing your feelings and getting them out into the open can usually serve the purpose of reducing them. You can look back and realize that, while a situation is bad, it’s only temporary. Know that you can get through it. Having the support and encouragement from a friend or family member can be the extra kick you need to get the job done right.
Uncontrollable situations happen – they’re an inevitable part of life. It’s how we handle them that help to define us as individuals and build our character into something to be proud of. Look back at the things that have worried you the most in the past week or month. Over 85% of the things we often stress ourselves out over never come to pass.
Worrying did nothing to prevent them, and worrying will do nothing to help the situation if they do happen. All stress does is make us feel sick, both mentally and physically. So instead of looking into the future for potential things that may happen, take things as they come, remember to take deep breaths, and try to relax. Above all, stressing out about stress doesn’t do any good. Let it go, smile and find a positive future.