In our lives, stress is a constant feeling caused by many things, whether be it work, relationship issues, financial struggles, exams, or major upheavals like unemployment and moving houses. Possible stressors are unending.
Short-lived stress can be good for our health, making us pay more attention and perform better in tasks such as interviews. But when stress outlives the short period, it becomes unhealthy if badly managed.
Long-term stress causes physical and emotional exhaustion and can even lead to illness. Your body, in that case, releases the “fight-or-flight” chemicals to prepare itself for an emergency, so if your environment isn’t fight-or-flight appropriate (such as an office environment) those unused chemicals produced pose a danger to your health over time.
Don’t let the pressure go unattended, and help manage your stress with these tips.
1- Identify the stress source
With no prior knowledge of what causes you to create and maintain stress, you take zero steps towards managing it.
2- Keep a stress diary
Keeping a stress diary for a while is an effective stress management tool, as it makes your aware of the stress causing the situation. Whenever faced is a stress episode, note down the date, what were you doing, where you were, with who, and not to forget how you felt physically and emotionally. You would learn what triggers you and this enables you to avoid it in the future.
3- Start some physical activity
Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol increase as you face stressful situations. These “fight-or-flight” hormones were designed to protect our body when there’s an immediate danger, but in modern times, fight or flight aren’t the cases in most situations, so physical exercise can be incorporated as a way to balance the stress hormones. A walk in the park or a daily routine of work out is enough to calm you when you get tense.
4- Sleep more
Lack of sleep affects our mood, causing anxiety and stress. And unfortunately, stress also disrupts our sleep, with whirling thoughts going through our brain, making unrelaxed enough to close our eyes and doze off. Rather than depending on medicine, make sure to fully relax before going to bed, by removing stressful reminders from your bedroom, taking a calming bath, and stopping any mentally demanding work before your time of sleep to provide enough time for your brain to calm down.