HOW TO MANAGE STRESS BEFORE IT TURNS TOXIC.
Stress is a significant problem which affects physical and mental well-being of people. Stress is defined as a situation where organism homeostasis has perceived a situation as threatening.
A survey contacted in the U.S.A in 2019 shows that 60 percent of people faced with stress tries to endure the circumstances.
Stress management is all about taking charge. Ultimate goals include: exercising regularly, relaxation, eating healthy, keeping positive attitude and having fun.
Identify the source of stress. It’s not easy because they are not always obvious considering people overlook their stress-inducing thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
You may be constantly worried about something but maybe it`s your procrastination rather than the actual demands.
· Breathe focus. Taking long, slow, deep breaths.
· Mindful meditations. Being present in the moment.
· Yoga spiritual movement where the focus is on thought ceasing.
· Hobby. Time out for pleasure.
· Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water to be better equipped to face the challenges.
WRITE A STRESS JOURNAL.
The idea about the stress journal is to record the stress, analyze and manage it.
Journaling helps in processing harmful thoughts and emotions and also in understanding them clearly.
As you keep journaling you will start seeing common patterns and themes thus connecting the base of your stress.
WAYS OF DEALING WITH STRESS.
These can be categorized into two:
1. UNHEALTHY WAY;
They temporary reduce stress but may be damaging in the long run. They include:
· Drinking too much alcohol.
· Using chill pills.
· Withdrawal from family and friends.
2. HEALTHY WAYS;
They help in coping with stress healthier way without any repercussions on the long run.
Some of the below tips might be helpful;
· Be assertive and consider healthy stress-reducing activities which are best for you.
· Talk to family and friends, it will definitely easy things out.
· Know your limits and learn to say ‘No’ whether in your personal or professional life.
· Avoid hot-button topics. Those topics that you can’t share without arguing can be toxic.
· Analyze your to do list if you have too much distinguish between the ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’ to avoid being overwhelmed.
· Express your feelings. If there is something bothering you, express yourself in a respectful manner instead of bottling up.
· Try to reframe problems by viewing circumstances at a positive perspective.
Stress may seem like a typical part of day to day life in the modern world but it can spiral out and affect a person well-being on a long-term basis steering up serious health conditions.
· Practicing positive self-talks when faced with stressful day.
· Great attention MUST be paid to one’s well-being. High level of stress will put one in a risk of mental health illness.
· Initiate focus on work-life balance as well as a more holistic approach on mental health treatments and prevention.