Stress. Everybody’s got it. Whether it is from too much homework, work, or just life, everyone has felt it. It weighs down your mind and envelopes you until that little problem, task, idea, takes over the rest of your day. But does stress just affect your moods and thoughts? Studies have shown that stress is not only exhausting mentally but physically as well.
Stress is known as one of the main causes for depression, anxiety disorders, rise in blood pressure, obesity… and the list goes on. But the question is, what can we do to help manage the stress in our everyday lives because let’s face it, things are not going to always go our way.
Of course there is not one solution or cure all. What may help one person might make the next completely miserable so I suggest giving each one a try and deciding for yourself what is best for you. So…
Step 1. Trial and error period, find what solution that works best for you.
Two, unfortunately, common ways to cope with stress is alcohol and junk food. Avoid these! Mixing stress with alcohol is one of the main causes of alcoholism. Also when you are stressed your body will crave sugar, this is because when your body feels stress it handles it like a fight or flight situation and our bodies use the energy produced by sugars to escape from dangerous situations, and when there is no physical activity to use up that sugar our body will store it. Well those are examples of two negative ways to deal with stress, let’s look at some positive options!
Personally, I love the gym, working out forces me to focus on the task at hand and ignore the rest of the world. Do something YOU enjoy, read, listen to music, play golf, fish, anything that will distract you and give yourself the much needed relief.
Get more sleep! Sleep helps the body repair itself and actually reduces stress and prevents you from overtaxing your body and mind. But sometimes these types of solutions won’t help because it may not solve the problem. Sometimes you have to just face the problem head on and get it over with. In order to do that you must first identify the issue, second you figure the best way to approach and solve it. If you are having issues solving the problem ask for help. Even the act of discussing your concerns may provide respite.
Manage your time. I know that not having enough time in the day is a main cause for many of my conflicts, I suggest getting a planner and figuring out the priorities for each day and what you can make time for later.
Step 2. Once you find a solution for managing your stress, do it. Make it a priority because your health should be your number one goal.
A healthy body is a happy body, get adjusted, minimize stress, and be active.