Many people claim to thrive on stress and produce their best work when under pressure. Generally, that is not stress but a tight deadline or a lot of work that has to be completed. Stress exists then the requirements are overwhelming and the person feels completely unable to cope or keep up. It can be debilitating and lead to emotional as well as physical problems, often severe problems. Prolonged stress can have a negative effect on the cardiovascular and neuroendocrine systems, the central nervous systems as well as the immune system. Stressed people are more likely to fall ill and take time off work. It also has a major impact on one’s emotions.
Left unchecked it can also lead to muscle pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Stress can contribute to obesity.
Stress can come from many places; it could be from relationships, work, studies, financial issues, social or political factors or a host of other things.
Fortunately, there are many things one can do to combat stress. You firstly need to be aware that you are experiencing stress and then take appropriate action.
Let’s take a look at 5 simple things that can relieve your stress.
One of the best and easiest ways to relieve stress quickly and effectively is through exercise. Many studies have been conducted and the research proves that it works. Exercise is known to release endorphins which stimulate the pleasure centre of your brain, making you feel good.
You might not always have the time or inclination for a 5-mile run or an hour at the gym but so something. Even a brisk walk with the dogs, a long walk on the beach or a cycle to the shops will help. Try something different so it does not feel like a chore, go for a swim, a dance class or join an exciting exercise group.
Check out sites such as foamnights.com
While you are at it, maintain a healthy diet as the balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients will also help control stress levels.
Get Away from The Stressor
Certain situations are simply unavoidable and have to be dealt with but where possible, get away from the thing or situation that is causing you stress. Even if you can only escape it for a short while, the break will help you to restore focus and equilibrium, making it easier to cope with.
Smile and Laugh
It sounds simple but it really works. Laughing and smiling cause’s reactions in our brains and lowers stress levels. Try it, I promise it works.
Find a colleague or friend that always makes you chuckle or watch a quick funny video and have a hearty laugh.
Get Social Support
It does not help to isolate yourself from friends and family in times of stress although this is what a lot of people do.
Seek out someone you trust and are comfortable with and talk to them. Be honest with them and share your feelings and you are bound to feel better, just choose the person wisely.
Meditation is a powerful relaxation method and is very effective in relieving stress.
Research has also been done on meditation proving its effectiveness as a relaxation method. Meditation will help you release emotions that build up in your body causing physical side effects. Yoga has similar effects to meditation and is highly recommended if you suffer from stress.
Everybody is different and handles stressful inputs in different ways. Some people get stressed very easily while others are more resilient but no one is immune from it. It is important to give some thought to your stress levels and do something to combat it. What works for one person may not work for another so try several techniques and find out what works for you. Do not leave stress untreated and simply hope it will go away. You have to take proactive, positive steps to address it.