Stress tends to get the best of all of us whether it’s work related, finance related, school related, family related…and the list goes on. When you get stressed you may find yourself to be more irritable, anxious, losing sleep, gaining muscle pains or headaches. These symptoms happen to be the most common, but there are a lot more from where those came from. Stress itself is not considered to be an illness, but can cause a lot of damage mentally, physically, and emotionally. So how can you manage stress, or, avoid it to the best of your ability?
A good starting point to combat stress is to figure out the roots of where this stress is coming from. Once you figure this out, it will become more clear as to what you need to do in order to relieve the stress. Ask yourself questions like ‘am I doing too much?’ or ‘can the things I need to do be done in a simpler way?’. By asking yourself these questions you can create a plan where you are organizing priorities in order to manage your time efficiently, making sure you have time for yourself to relax and treat yourself to some self-care.
Managing stress is obviously not as easy as it may sound, but even taking small steps can help you relieve and prevent stress. Eating Healthy, exercising, good sleeping habits, and time to yourself are some simple ways you can aid your mind and body when dealing with stress:
- Eating healthy: The food that we put into our bodies plays a big role in the moods that we experience, and by eating healthier, more nutritious foods, you can help boost your mood, where in return, your stress goes down.
- Exercise: Getting even a little bit of exercise in your day can be a great stress reliever. This doesn’t mean you have to do a timely, in-depth workout, where even just going on a walk can help.
- Sleep: Often when we are stressed, it is much harder to fall asleep, let alone get a good-night’s sleep. This isn’t too convenient when getting good sleep is important to your mental, and physical wellbeing. This being said, make sure you have downtime before heading to bed, reassure yourself that getting sleep is more important than what is on your to-do list for tomorrow.
In today’s world, stress is inescapable, but it doesn’t have to bring you down. Work, money, and family all contribute to everyday stress, while larger concerns such as the global pandemic add to our overall stress levels. However, if you approach it correctly, it will not govern your life; in fact, it may even be beneficial. Stress management is important in order for your mind and body to adapt, rather than piling on to your stress day by day, making it harder for you to accomplish your daily, weekly, or even monthly goals.
The information provided in this blog is not professional medical advice and should not be taken as such. If you have any questions or concerns about yourself or someone you know, please seek advice from a medical professional.