Stress Management

Stress Management

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Stress is the body’s response to physical or psychological disturbances. It is the natural feeling that different forms of challenges evoke on the body. And, since we all face challenges and obstacles in life, we might as well say stress is inevitable! At one point or the other, everyone feels some form of stress.

Stress isn’t entirely bad as it is part of the body’s defence mechanism and is necessary for survival. Low levels of acute stress keep us on our toes, it helps to improve brain function and helps people reach their potential. But when stress accumulates, it becomes a recipe for disaster. This is why it is very important for everyone to know how to manage their stress.

Because each human is unique, we all react to accumulated stress differently. Some people tend to eat a lot when they are stressed up, this could lead to excessive weight gain and even obesity which puts them at risk of developing health conditions like hypertension and diabetes.

Some people also try to cope with stress by indulging in substances of abuse. Sadly, these substances do little or nothing in relieving their stress. Ironically, these substances can worsen their stress level. They are also known to have a number of serious physical and mental side effects and should therefore be avoided.   

Accumulated stress can also cause or worsen health conditions like mental disorders, heart diseases, sexual dysfunction and weakened immune system. This is why chronic stress must be prevented by any means necessary.

The first step in effectively managing stress is to identify the causes of your stress. These causes of stress are known as stressors. A stressor could be anything. It could be a toxic work environment, getting a speeding ticket or having too much responsibility. For stressors that can be avoided, try your best to stay away from them. However, most stressors cannot be avoided. For this kind of stressors, critically examine them and think of what you can do to minimize their effects on you.  

Exercise can also reduce the impact of stress as it relieves tension and helps in mood improvement. You should try to have an exercise routine; it does not have to be so rigorous. Just have a routine and stick to it.

Healthy eating is also very important in stress management. It revitalizes the body and provides it with essential nutrients which make the body strong and resilient to the effects of stress. Also, chronic stress significantly weakens the immune system and this can be prevented by eating healthy diets.

It is also necessary to build a healthy sleeping habit, because, sleep deprivation is a major contributor to stress. Adequate sleep provides the body with energy and makes it easier for the body to overcome stress. Create a sleep schedule and stick to it, make your bedroom restful and keep your mobile phone out of your reach before you sleep.

Some special relaxation techniques like breath focus, mindfulness meditation, yoga and Tai chi are also very effective in managing stress. You can sample different techniques to see which one works best for you.

 In conclusion, even though we all face different forms of stress every day, the way we manage it determines what effect it would have on our body. It is very important for everyone to identify their stressors and review their lifestyle accordingly. Take things easy and relax. Remember what Matt Haig said in his book – Reasons to stay alive, “just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.”  

Stress is the body’s response to physical or psychological disturbances. It is the natural feeling that different forms of challenges evoke on the body. And, since we all face challenges and obstacles in life, we might as well say stress is inevitable! At one point or the other, everyone feels some form of stress.

Stress isn’t entirely bad as it is part of the body’s defence mechanism and is necessary for survival. Low levels of acute stress keep us on our toes, it helps to improve brain function and helps people reach their potential. But when stress accumulates, it becomes a recipe for disaster. This is why it is very important for everyone to know how to manage their stress.

Because each human is unique, we all react to accumulated stress differently. Some people tend to eat a lot when they are stressed up, this could lead to excessive weight gain and even obesity which puts them at risk of developing health conditions like hypertension and diabetes.

Some people also try to cope with stress by indulging in substances of abuse. Sadly, these substances do little or nothing in relieving their stress. Ironically, these substances can worsen their stress level. They are also known to have a number of serious physical and mental side effects and should therefore be avoided.   

Accumulated stress can also cause or worsen health conditions like mental disorders, heart diseases, sexual dysfunction and weakened immune system. This is why chronic stress must be prevented by any means necessary.

The first step in effectively managing stress is to identify the causes of your stress. These causes of stress are known as stressors. A stressor could be anything. It could be a toxic work environment, getting a speeding ticket or having too much responsibility. For stressors that can be avoided, try your best to stay away from them. However, most stressors cannot be avoided. For this kind of stressors, critically examine them and think of what you can do to minimize their effects on you.  

Exercise can also reduce the impact of stress as it relieves tension and helps in mood improvement. You should try to have an exercise routine; it does not have to be so rigorous. Just have a routine and stick to it.

Healthy eating is also very important in stress management. It revitalizes the body and provides it with essential nutrients which make the body strong and resilient to the effects of stress. Also, chronic stress significantly weakens the immune system and this can be prevented by eating healthy diets.

It is also necessary to build a healthy sleeping habit, because, sleep deprivation is a major contributor to stress. Adequate sleep provides the body with energy and makes it easier for the body to overcome stress. Create a sleep schedule and stick to it, make your bedroom restful and keep your mobile phone out of your reach before you sleep.

Some special relaxation techniques like breath focus, mindfulness meditation, yoga and Tai chi are also very effective in managing stress. You can sample different techniques to see which one works best for you.

 In conclusion, even though we all face different forms of stress every day, the way we manage it determines what effect it would have on our body. It is very important for everyone to identify their stressors and review their lifestyle accordingly. Take things easy and relax. Remember what Matt Haig said in his book – Reasons to stay alive, “just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.”  

Written by Sher Adebiyi

Written by Sher Adebiyi

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