Financial issues, constant pressure from your boss, never ending responsibilities from your family – these are just a few of the most common reasons why you feel stress. Stress usually occurs when your body feels a threat or demand. It is the body’s natural way to protect you. When experienced in low levels, effects of stress can actually make you more focused and determined to realize a certain task or goal.
On the other hand, constant stress will eventually take a toll to your mind and body. Over time, too much stress will lead to numerous health issues. Clearly, it is very crucial to always live a stress free life and prevent it from controlling your decisions.
Most Common Stressors
Scientific studies reveal that there are many stressors, cause of stress, that you will experience some time in your life. Some of the most common include death of a family member or loved one, marriage, separation anxiety, pressure from work, imprisonment, illness, injury and financial problems.
Due to the fact that there are numerous stressors, you must know your stress limit to avoid developing health issues. Furthermore, the effects of stress varies from person to person. Some people will break down with the lowest level of pressure, while others seem to handle stressful events very well.
Effects of Stress to the Body
The body is specially designed to experience and feel stress, both positive and negative. When distress, or negative stress, is experienced, the body will feel various symptoms and effects of stress such as headache, amnesia, elevated blood pressure, chest pains, upset stomach and many more.
Some people turn to vices such as alcohol or smoking whenever they are distressed, thinking that doing these will relieve the mind and body from stress. Unfortunately, alcohols, tobacco and drugs are added stressors, which means that all they do is multiply the negative effects of stress and further increase the risks of developing health issues.
Properly Handling Stress
Stress is a natural part of your life. Fortunately, there are various effective ways to prepare your mind and body to be able to fight the negative effects of stress.
Below are the best tips and methods you can do to alleviate stress. These has been proven and are very effective, no need for medications or expensive doctor’s consultation fees. All you need is the drive and motivation to do these. You will surely reap the benefits plus enjoy these things in the long run.
1. Regular Exercise
One of the best ways to combat stress is to do daily exercises like walking in the park, jogging with friends or hitting the gym. The trick when you are feeling stressed out is to keep your mind and body moving. Regular exercises can distract your mind from all the negative things surrounding you while making your mood more upbeat and positive. The result is that you’ll feel more optimistic and focused to confront your stressors.
2. People Interaction
The simple act of talking and exchanging some words with friends or loved ones is enough to keep stress at bay. Whenever you are feeling unsure, insecure or stressed, having face to face time with other people has been proven to minimize stress hormones while triggering happy ones. It is important to always make sure that your work and family responsibilities do not prevent you from sustaining or developing old and new relationships and interactions with other people. It is recommended that after a long and stressful day at work or office, you must go out and connect with people to maintain a healthy social life.
3. Find time to Relax
Just like with life problems, stress can’t be entirely eliminated but you can definitely control its effects on you. One of the most practical yet effective methods to control stress is by simply relaxing your mind and body through yoga. Using effective breathing patterns and relaxation techniques, yoga will surely create a more relaxed state as stress levels are immediately minimized. The result of regular yoga sessions include increased ability to stay focused and calm especially during stressful moments, and more energy to appreciate the joys of what life has to offer despite problems and pressures.
4. Proper Diet
The food you eat greatly affects your mood and ability to handle stressful episodes in your life. When you indulge on junk and unhealthy food items such as sugar, oily and fatty meats, your mood swings will become uncontrollable. On the other hand, incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet will improve your ability to focus and be calm during stressful events.
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