Oh No! Stress In Our Lives?
Stress. It’s something that we all experience in our lives, and something that we need to deal with accordingly. If we don’t, then it will only build up to the point where it could start to have a very negative effect on our health and well being. So stress in our lives is a big deal!
Many people find that they suffer from some mental health issues whenever they go through periods of extreme stress, so it’s always critical to try and stamp it out before it gets too bad.
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Unfortunately, though, it’s easy to slip into bad habits when it comes to trying to fight stress. Many people take steps and measures that can actually increase their levels of stress, even though they believe that what they are doing is helping.
There are right and wrong ways to deal with any stress that you experience, and it is always necessary to stay well away from the following wrong ways.
Relying On Alcohol And Other Substances for stress in our lives
It’s perfectly fine to enjoy a glass of wine or beer every now and then, but if you find that you start to crave alcohol after a very stressful day at work, then it could be time to review your intake. Ideally, you should only be drinking a couple of glasses of alcohol two to three times a week.
Any more, and you could be putting your health at risk. Not only that, though, but you could risk developing an addiction. Thankfully, it’s now possible to treat alcohol addictions as an outpatient at many facilities up and down the country.
However, it’s always best to prevent the need for treatment in the first place. So, next time you are stressed, it’s probably not a good idea to reach for a bottle of wine!
Emotional Eating for dealing with stress in our lives
When some people get stressed or go through low periods, they tend to eat their feelings. Even though eating comfort food may make you feel happy in the immediate present, it isn’t going to have any beneficial long-term effects.
In fact, it’s long-term effects are more likely to be negative, as it will make you a lot more inclined to put on weight and develop some health issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
The best way to fight stress is by following a well-balanced and nutritious diet and eating three square meals a day. If you love to snack, make sure you are nibbling on high-protein snacks that aren’t too high in carbs, sugars, or fats.
Drinking Too Much Caffeine
Some people also rely heavily on caffeine when they are very stressed. This is often the case with office workers who work long hours. Unfortunately, all that caffeine might have been detrimental to the body when consumed in very high amounts.
So, next time you are stressed, it’s probably best to give the coffee a miss. All of that caffeine will make it difficult for your body to absorb adenosine, which it needs to calm itself down.
Not only that, though, but it also increases the levels of dopamine in the body, which can increase the chances of you experiencing a low mood once the caffeine high has worn off.
Oversleeping as a compensation for not dealing with stress in our lives
Stress can affect different people in different ways. For some people, they may lose quite a lot of sleep to it, but for others, they might be more inclined to oversleep.
Neither of these is the best solution, but if you do tend to oversleep when very stressed, it’s something you need to try to stop as soon as possible. Some studies have linked sleeping too much to an increased risk of developing diabetes and some other health conditions.
Generally speaking, we need to sleep between seven and nine hours a day. If you are going over this amount by quite a bit, it could be necessary to set your alarm for a little earlier and force yourself to get up.
As long as you are sleeping at least seven hours a night, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’ve slept enough!
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Social Withdrawal is not dealing with Stress in Our lives
Some people find that they don’t want to see anyone when they are very stressed. They are a lot more inclined to hibernate and spend all of their free time at home on their own.
Sure, staying in and hiding under the covers in bed might sound like a great strategy until all the stress goes away, but in actual fact, it could make the healing process a lot longer.
Lots of research shows that fighting the desire to hibernate and reaching out to friends and family is the best way to deal with stress. Keeping yourself active will also keep the mind busy, so it doesn’t dwell on negatives too much.
Dwelling On The Problem, arghh!
As I’ve briefly mentioned above, dwelling on stress and the problem causing it is never going to help you. We all have the tendency to jump to the worst possible scenario when something bad happens in our lives.
For instance, many people worry that making a mistake at work might cost them their job. However, jumping to these worst-case scenarios straight away is going to make your stress blow up, which will make your worrying even worse.
So, try and empty your mind of any worry, and you should find that stress levels don’t affect you quite as much.
Ignoring It creates more stress in our lives!
Unfortunately, some people have the complete opposite reaction to the point above. There are quite a few people who find it very easy to ignore their stress completely.
This isn’t a good coping strategy, though, as it will be going untreated and could be causing some underlying health problems.
So, make sure you don’t procrastinate any longer and figure out what is causing your stress so that you can start to deal with the root of the problem straight away.
You should then find that any associated issues and health conditions will also go away as well.
As you can see then, there are plenty of ways you shouldn’t be handling your stress!
POSITIVE WAYS TO HANDLE STRESS AND FEEL GOOD!
There are so many stressors in our daily lives. Being able to identify what they are and how we can deal with them allows us to create new paths to ease. Stress in our lives is alleviated when we do not stay in the problem, but rather find the solution.
And that is always hard for us. Sometimes we obsess and stay mired. Don’t we? The reality is though its an “adulting” course.. isn’t it?
We learn that with stress and with life we have the choice to be in that moment. See if for what it is. Then find the solution. And once we find the solution we do it. It is then completed and we are done.
Holding on to the story of it, only creates more stress. The trick is to learn and accept and let it go. We all live with stress.
But living,holding onto it and diving into it is not living well, is it?
Meditation for Letting Go of Stress:
Find a comfortable place to sit.
Take three breaths. And exhale.
In with love, out with joy.
Go to that place in your mind that brings your peace and comfort.
See it. Then step into it.
Sitt down and absorb the scenery around you.
Can you feel yourself calming?
Do the colors speak to you?
Check in with your body. Feel how your shoulders are easing.
See your heart expanding into openings of pure gorgeous colors.
Lift the veil of any stress.
I am not the things that are happening .
I will do what is needed.
I release this unwanted stress.
Count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Take a deep breath.
Let it out.
Let it go.
Do this whenever stress seems to show itself.
And know we have the choice to accept it
or just acknowledge it and do what needs to be done.
Then move on.
Hope this works for you. Please do let me know .
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