We live in a generation where stress is so widespread, that it has become a part of our daily lives. We set aggressive alarms in the evening to make sure that we startle ourselves awake every morning. We jump out of bed, and inattentively go through with our shower and breakfast with the looming thought of traffic, meetings, and unpleasant co-workers triggering that headache which now seems to be coming more frequently. How long can we sustain such a hectic lifestyle?
Prolonged exposure to stress can cause some physical symptoms to manifest and lead to more serious ailments. What starts initially as a chronic headache, irritability, and “fuzzy thinking,” can progress to graver conditions, such as depression, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hyperthyroidism, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, ulcers, obsessive compulsive or anxiety disorder, tooth and gum disease, and even cancer.
There are some measures that you can do to be less affected by stress. Practicing stress management techniques can reduce stress effectively. It can also improve your resilience in stress-reducing situations that you’ll come face to face with in the future. Some of the things you can try are morning walks, spending quality time with friends and family, gardening, and making journals. Find something that you find relaxing and fitting to your lifestyle.
Practice stress-management at your workplace as well. Keeping a cleaner and a more organized workspace can create a more pleasant atmosphere. Plus, it would be easier to find things when everything is in its proper place. Be sure to take regular breaks. Even a short 15- minute break can boost your productivity and allows you to go back to your work with a fresher outlook. When you have a comfortable workspace you are more relaxed and your quality of work increases.
Developing a positive attitude is also one of the excellent ways to cope with stress. Keep in mind that everybody goes through a rough day from time to time, it’s how we deal with it that makes a difference. You can choose to let it pull down your spirits or face it with a “This too shall pass” attitude. The latter will help you remain calm and optimistic that things will get better.
There is no remedy for stress and unfortunately we cannot totally eliminate it from our lives. However, putting stress under control can help us become healthier and happier. Focus your energy on what really counts in life. Here are 5 additional ways to reduce stress:
Identify the causes of your stress. Write them down and specify the level of stress they cause and what the effects are on you.
Take control. Decide which ones on your list you can act upon, and get them done.
Learn to say “no.” Don’t commit to things that you think will only complicate your life unreasonably.
Don’t be too much of a perfectionist. Don’t expect perfection from others of from yourself.
Know your priorities. Decide what is most important for you and for your loved ones and focus more attention on them. Lesser priorities can be taken care of some other time. Never attempt to do everything all at once.