Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, in which stress is handled in a positive way.
When you feel stressed you feel upset, anxious, worried, apprehensive, and frustrated. These feelings lead to physical symptoms, some of which are: tension, headaches, irritability, sleeplessness, digestive upset, heartburn, and nausea. Stress is a fact of life, but it is also part of the human condition. Stress builds up and becomes too much for one person to handle and this results in stress-related problems. Stress related problems are usually triggered by external factors: work place, interpersonal relationships, weather, environmental factors, and problems at home. Most stress-related problems are not caused by the stress itself, but by how we react to the stress.
There are certain methods that are helpful in managing stress. These methods are: meditating, exercising, spending time with family and friends, hobbies, reading, yoga, healthy diet, stress management training, and getting a good night’s sleep.
Meditating is a method for relaxing your mind. It has been practiced by Buddhist monks for centuries. Meditation has helped many people handle stress.
Exercising is a method for increasing vitality and increasing energy. It has also been helpful for handling stress. In a recent study it was found that exercise is helpful in relieving stress. It reduces the levels of stress hormones, while raising the levels of antioxidant and brain booster vitamin E.
Spending time with family and friends is a method for increasing closeness and bonds. It is also helpful for handling stress. Studies have shown that spending time with friends and family members is beneficial in relieving stress.
Reading is a method for taking a break from everyday life. It has also been helpful for handling stress. It offers us time to escape from our mundane lives for a while and it provides us with information on world and on culture. It also gives us a change of pace from the daily grind of work and home.
Hobbies is a method for getting creative. It helps us discover our hidden talents and it helps us fulfill our dreams. It provides us an outlet for our energy. It encourages us to go beyond our comfort zone. Studies have shown that Hoebbies can help relieve stress. It has been especially useful in motivating entrepreneurs.
Cooking is a method for relaxing and taking a break from chores. It is also a method for feeding ourselves and family. It has also been helpful for handling stress. Studies have shown that cooking is helpful in relieving stress.
The study done by Kuznetsov and Levinger in 2005 showed that there is a direct relation between the number of eating episodes and the level of stress. It also showed that eating more carbohydrates increases the level of stress, while eating more proteins increases the level of relaxation. This study is interesting for all of us who just can’t seem to eat enough. It shows us what we have to do to eat enough and this is: Eat more protein.
These are some of the ways to help manage stress. When faced with stress, try one of the suggestions and notice how you feel. Also, remember that these types of stress are often beneficial and help us to handle things more efficiently. The point of this exercise is to get familiar with your body’s responses to stress.
This is to help you recognize what stresses you. Learn to recognize which situations are positive and which situations are not. When you feel stress you should attempt to calm yourself. Try to close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Make sure you do not eat a meal late. If you have to, then take a big nap. Try to relax by taking a walk, drinking a glass of water, stretching, taking a bath or going to a movie.
It is important that you learn to deal with stress and manage it. If you don’t manage your stress, you may end up with some health issues. You could lose your appetite, be overweight or become addicted to smoking. This could affect all areas of your life. If you are serious about managing your stress you should make your goals with a doctor and start there. Remember, stress is natural, so just try to treat it the right way and you will manage it.