If you are someone who is feeling stressed today, coping with that stress can seem impossible. When you allow stress levels to reach a crescendo, it is very hard to pull yourself back from that feeling of mental and emotional lethargy. However, whilst some of us like a bit of stress as it keeps things interesting, living in a stressful environment is not a recommendation by any professional.
Why? Because living with stress has the risk of impacting your mental and physical health.
Stress can be a factor that can deteriorate your health faster than any disease. Many people have suffered physically when dealing with problems that plague their lives. Since stress can affect you physically, mentally and emotionally, we can say that you won’t be safe until you get your problems under control with the proper stress management technique.
With that in mind, we recommend that you try and use the following tips to help improve your health. Stress management tips like the trio below could be essential to helping you find the right path to overcoming your mental health burdens today.
Learn to read the signs
The best thing that you can do is to start looking closely at the signs of why your stress has formed in the first place. For many of us, understanding the signs of stress can be a key to realising the problem is beginning. If you wait until you reach a period of peak or near peak stress, though, you might struggle to come back down.
In most cases, stress usually starts mentally rather than physically. Since both are linked and work in tandem with your existence, we can say that the more affected you are with your problems, the more negative effect you will feel on your body.
So, look out for those periods where you feel yourself getting irritated and embarrassed. Look at how you appear to react; gritted teeth, hunched shoulders, needless speed to everything you do. Look for the bodily signs that you are stressed; even things like nervous reactions such as biting your nails should be looked at as a sign of being stressed out.
To deal with this, you need to take extra care in observing your own body when being under stress. Signs of someone who is feeling the pressure of being stressed out can include heavy breathing, sweating, having trouble sleeping, or some aches and pains – they are all signs that your body is reaching its limit in coping with your stress.
There are plenty of techniques that you can take to help deal with stress and reduce the effect on your health. Breathing exercises can help regulate your oxygen intake and will help you relax. If you are having trouble sleeping, meditation can help you relax to the point of putting you to sleep.
Once you read the signs, you simply need to look for solutions to the signs of stress you feel. We are all different, but there will be a solution to just about every cause of stress in your day-to-day life.
Consider the benefits of treatment
Many people feel like they are ‘weak’ if they turn to treatment simply to deal with stress. The pace of modern life is supposed to be stressful, some will say, so why should you look for treatment? Just get on with it!
That might have been a suitable perspective 25 years ago, but today it is simply not beneficial to think like this. If you are someone who feels perpetually stressed out, looking and turning to treatment is NOT a weakness. It is a strength; to admit that you need to improve something in your life to feel better.
You can also take in sleeping pills or anti-depressant medicines to help you along. However, these might be hard to come by since these are addictive if you keep taking it in. You might need to consult your doctor for prescriptions and if it’s safe to take these in. Be sure to keep an eye on consumption; if one thing is going to add to your stress levels, it will be the cravings that come with addiction.
Another treatment solution that might help some people is musical therapy.
Music therapy can also help you relax if you want to get a good night’s sleep after a stressful day at work. Since your mind is the problem when you are having problems sleeping, you need to make sure that you focus on keeping your thoughts in line and not get the better of you.
The adage “Music can soothe the savage beast” may very well work in your favour in this case. Go for naturally themed rhythms or instrumental ones since these have a steady flow and can relax the mind and put you to sleep. You also avoid getting tangled up thinking about lyrics, where it can take just one line of a song to send you into a tailspin as you think about a linked event or moment in your life.
Eat well and eat right
Lastly, you should be looking at your diet. If you are someone who turns to food to cope with stress, you will probably find it to be a double-edged sword. Sure, that coconut cake made you feel better today, but how will you feel tomorrow? Sluggish? Overweight? Tired?
Adjusting your diet, especially if you are female, is very important to overcome stress. Women tend to be more prone to eating than men when in the middle of feeling stress. You need to keep an eye on your diet and make sure you don’t go way past the limits that your body can take.
Dieting is part of stress management and is routinely observed to keep your health as normal as possible. By changing your eating habits to be more moderated, though, it becomes easier to avoid the necessity of diets.
Since eating habits tend to be erratic when you are having problems, you need to be careful in what you take in. Stay abreast of your weight and girth to determine if your eating habits are getting out of hand. Regular weigh-ins can give you a good idea of whether or not you are going too far with comfort eating.
Also, you need to be more conscious of what foods you take, make sure that these are healthy ones and stay away from fast foods or junk foods. The odd treat is fine, but if you start relying on things like takeout, fast foods, chocolate and ice cream etc. to overcome a period of stress you will feel the effects physically. That will simply add more stress to your mind, resulting in more comfort eating, creating a vicious cycle.
Instead of a bag of chips or some takeout food, start taking in vegetable salads with a healthy dose of some extra virgin olive oil instead of burgers and fries. Fruits can be prepared in plenty of ways to satisfy your cravings which is a healthy alternative to junk foods.
The secret to keeping a healthy lifestyle during a time of stress is to be more sensitive to your body. Try to be aware of possible signs that will indicate that your body is falling apart. The more you manage your stress, the more healthy your body will be.
Keep these simple ideas in mind, and it should be much more likely that you can overcome stress. Three key changes to how you try to deal with stress should be enough to escape the vicious cycle of repetition. Focus on the above three areas first, and you should notice a big difference – at that point, you should be far more capable, and willing, to make more dramatic lifestyle changes down the line.