Health is much more than drinking green juices and hitting the gym. If you never catch your breath, wake up feeling tired, anxious, emotionally drained, and can’t rid stubborn abdominal fat, chances are you’re chronically stressed.
Stress really sucks. It sucks up your energy, your desire to get to the gym, and even your libido. And while some stress can help you kick butt when your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, daily stress can mess with your mind and body in serious ways.
Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Everyone expresses stress from time to time. Anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family to serious life events such as a new diagnosis, war, or the death of a loved one can trigger stress. For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial to your health. It can help you cope with potentially serious situations. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart and breathing rates and ready your muscles to respond.
Yet if your stress response doesn’t stop firing, and these stress levels stay elevated far longer than is necessary for survival, it can take a toll on your health.
Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and affect your overall well-being. Symptoms of chronic stress include:
- Central nervous and endocrine systems
Tips for managing the effects of stress
The best way to fight stress is to learn how to manage the feelings that come with challenges, whether they’re good or bad.
You get better at managing stress if you practice it regularly, not only when you’re under a lot of pressure.
Knowing how to get rid of it and practicing this in low-stress situations can help you get through harder situations.
Here are some tips:
1.First and foremost, don’t overload yourself with too many activities. Focus on one or two at a time and prioritize.
2. Be realistic and conscious of your own limitations. If you need help, it’s always best to ask for it.
3. Next, make sure to sleep well. If you sleep as much as your body needs, both your body and mind stay healthy. This way, they’re equipped to handle negative situations.
4. Learn to relax. One way to do this is to get in the habit of doing simple breathing exercises.
5. Take care of your body. Regular exercise helps control the effects of stress.
6. Pay attention to your thoughts, perspectives, and attitudes to your everyday problems. Over time, you can learn to positively change these.
7. Finally, learn to solve small problems. Fixing those little problems will help you manage stress better. However, if you avoid them, it will make you feel like you have no control over the situation. Thus, you’ll feel even more stressed.
Analyze the situation calmly, think about the options you have, and take the steps that are necessary to solve the problem.