Admit it or not, not all of us are good at coping with stress. There are a lot of day to day situations that makes us stressful- bills that we need to pay, being stuck into traffic when we are on way to an important meeting, deadlines that we need to meet, targets that we need to achieve. Even petty things that did not go well or as we expected can contribute our stress.
Stress is known to alter our emotional, psychological and physiological balance and causes unrest to our being. Exposure to stress into a mild degree is not necessarily bad. But if we are dealing with too much stress in a daliy basis, it can be detrimental to our health. Some of the common stress- related diseases are heart problems, hypertension, insomnia and depression. Thus, it is important to know how to manage our stress level. Below are some of helpful tips on how to lessen our exposure to stress:
- Identify what causes your stress. In order to cope with stress better, you need to know what causes it. Write down the things and situations that you commonly push your stress button. In this way, you can strategize on how to deal with these situations once they occur.
- Know your stress indicator. There are different ways on how our body reacts to stress. Most common reactions to stress are rise on body temperature, increase in heart rate, disorientation, or even feeling a sudden pang of hunger. Remember that stress is a chemical reaction inside the body that causes unrest. It is important that you know this stress indicators so you can immediately assess and adjust to dealing with the situation that may have trigger your stress.
- Getting some exercise. One good way of managing stress is by involving into any physical exercise activities. Exercise produces endorphin, an anti- stress hormone that produces a feel-good feeling. Physically fit people are less susceptible to suffer from severe stress than the couch potatoes.
- Having a therapeutic relaxation. It may be as simple as getting a body massage, participating in a yoga class or as grand as having a holiday vacation. Engaging into relaxing activities alters our mood and counters the stress hormone. Relaxation revitalizes our physical and emotional well-being. Having renewed energy will go a long way into dealing with future stress.
- Get a support group. It is important that you have a solid support group in dealing with stress especially if you are dealing with severely stressful situation like trauma. It may be your family, your closest friends or your community. These people will be your help line to guide you through the process of coping with your stress.
So the next time that you feel that you are on the verge of panic and stress is getting on you, don’t fret. Take a deep breath and remember that stress is part of our normal lives. The most important thing is