Dealing with Stress
What is stress? Stress is what happens when the brain responds to any demand- and life is demanding! So many things can trigger stress, especially change. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When you feel stressed by something going on around you, your body reacts by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give you more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if your stress is caused by physical danger. But this can also be a bad thing, if your stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength.
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Stress is different for everyone. It is basically the feeling you get when you are dealing with a stressor (a factor that causes the stress). This can be a good stressor like getting married or a bad thing like getting in a car accident. The way you handle your stress is completely up to you. In an ideal world finding healthy, positive ways to deal with stress is the most beneficial way to try and get a grip on it. Stress will always be there in some form or another but how we handle it is our choice.
Lighten the Burden of Stress
First of all, everyone has to deal with stress but there are many ways to change how you handle it. Asses your situation and see if there’s anything you can do to change it. If it is something you cannot change, like dealing with a “woe is me” friend… try to stay away from that person and not get involved in their personal misery. Don’t go down their black hole with them. If that is not possible, try to find different ways to accept the situation and try to handle it in a positive way. This can also mean connecting with positive people.
Accepting the situation does not mean you have given up, but rather than dwell on the negative, you are setting yourself up to find a positive way to cope with what is happening. This can make a tremendous difference in how you feel and hopefully change the level of your stress.
Being negative has a huge effect on how we deal with life in general. Negative attitudes can affect your physical, spiritual and mental well being as well as all of your relationships. It can physically take a toll on your body and faster than you can imagine. When your body is under stress, cells of the immune system are unable to respond to hormonal control so they produce levels of inflammation that promote disease.
Make a Change
For the sake of living, you must make a change to relieve some of that stress. When you are extremely stressed, try to remember the things you are grateful for. Try to think of everything that actually makes you happy and start to dwell on the good and not the bad. Remember the little things that can bring a smile to your face. Put a funny or happy situation in your head to go back to when you feel anxiety or anger coming on. Once this becomes a habit it will definitely change how you see things and take some of that pressure off of your mind and body. You know the phrase “Fake it ‘til You Make it”? It works. Sometimes forcing yourself to feel or act different is the first step to change.
Do something for yourself! Something, anything that is different could quite possibly make a moment feel better; try to find something that makes you happy and try to incorporate it into your daily routine. It could be something incredibly small like sitting outside for a few minutes and enjoying the fresh air. After all, you will spend the rest of your day inside… in front of a computer… without any sign of nature!
How to Cope with Stress?
We all have busy schedules and sometimes it feels next to impossible to find a spare moment to relax. It might seem like a lot but if you can, try to set aside some uninterrupted time and stick to it. Five minutes can seem like an eternity when you feel like you have no time. Taking time to breathe can do wonders. Setting aside those few minutes a day can put you right back into perspective.
You Have the Power
When it is all said and done, what is left? Is all this stress worth the time and energy you have invested in it? What would you have done if you had that extra time back that you wasted on something you could not change in the first place? How you look at the big picture can change how you wind up at the end of the day….
Stress does not have to live in your world. Managing stress is all about learning how and when to take control of your situation. Remember that you have control on how stress affects you. Are you controlling the stress or is stress controlling you? You have the power!!!!