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From time to time life can become overwhelming. The causes can range from the niggling problems of day-to-day life to killer stress like large disasters that shake up your world and prevent you from carrying on your life as normal. Dealing with stress might be easier in certain situations than in others.
Sources of stress
Stress can come from any aspect of life. It might come from marital disputes or romantic difficulties. You might have financial problems. Your business might be struggling or you might suddenly become bankrupt. It might come from other people in your life: nagging bosses, infuriating friends, or difficult family members. You might also feel responsible for the problems of others. Often we experience multiple types of stress at once.
The effects of stress
Sometimes it can be difficult to identify stress symptoms. Sometimes you might convince yourself that you are coping fine despite the problems you are facing. Things can build up and negatively impact your life even more. So it is important to know how stress manifests itself so you know that your stress levels are getting too high and it’s time to take a break and cool off.
Stress can show itself in physically and mentally. In extreme cases when you are breaking down you might start sweating and your breathing and heartrate will quicken. Under stress your immune system can work less efficiently so that you get sick quicker. There are also certain stress-induced health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome that involves a malfunction of the digestive system. Constantly weighed down by pressures, you are more likely to feel tired, you might have difficulty sleeping, start to overeat or, in other cases, lose your appetite.
It can also impact your mental health. You might experience sudden mood swings, feel depressed, anxious or irritable. In severe cases your mind is likely to stop functioning as effectively so that you find it more difficult to complete even simple tasks. Stress can cause you to lose focus and feel paranoid.
If you start to notice any of these symptoms in yourself it is time to reduce the amount of stress in your life or at least find ways of coping with it. Here are some tips for how to fix stress symptoms and deal with the numerous pressures of life.
How to cope with stress
1. Take care of your physical health. Exercise is a proven way to reduce stress. It helps release endorphins that contribute to happiness and eliminates feelings of stress. Yoga and swimming are considered to be especially calming forms of exercise. Otherwise running can be effective for ridding yourself of negative energy.
2. Make sure you are sleeping enough. When you are sleep-deprived you are a lot less prepared to deal with any problems your day might throw at you. Your brain will be working not nearly as effectively as it does when you have had a good night’s sleep. Remember that some people need more sleep than others. Try to work out how much sleep you need to function effectively and try to keep to a regular sleep routine so you sleep deeply at night.
3. Eat well. Healthy food can also contribute to good stress mangagement. Fast food is known to negatively impact your mood and the highs at first experienced after eating foods with a high sugar content can quickly be followed by an unhappy low. In contrast, fresh fruit and vegetables have been found to keep you in good spirits and allow you to deal better in difficult mental circumstances.
4. Enjoy yourself. Make sure you are also clocking out mentally from work and anything that causes you stress. By finding some escasim you will be in better shape when you return to the activity you find stressful. You might watch a film, read a book or go to meet some friends. Anything that takes your mind off things completely and allows you to laugh or have fun will equip you to deal better with stress later on.
5. Practice breathing deeply. If you’re stress levels are running particularly high you might want to take some time to breath slowly and deeply. This will calm down your body and relieve you from the physical signs of stress.
6. Do some simple meditation. This can be very easy to do and does not require any equipment or training. Just find a location in which you know you can feel calm and be relatively tranquil. There might be noises coming from another room, or people rushing past the door, but at least you can stop and slow down for a minute or two. Get yourself into a comfortable position, close your eyes or soften your gaze and focus on deep breathing, letting your mind wander but trying to return it to your breathing and the surroundings.
7. Keep a worry diary. You might want to write down your sources of stress in a list. Just the act of writing it down might help to some extent. Then circle the problems that you can control and list ways that you will deal with them. Knowing you at least have a plan to tackle some of your problems will remind you that you do have a certain amount of control over the situation and stop you from fearing the worst.
By following these tips you will hopefully find some relief from any pressures you face. Remember too that stress can be physical and mental. These two types of stress are integrally interconnected, by putting effort into taking care of both areas we can start getting well again.