It is well known that stress can take away your wellness and fitness and give you a feeling of being sick, fatigued, incapable and being helpless/worthless. While a stressed person may mimic signs and symptoms of any disease related to heart, chest, stomach, muscles, joints, head, sleep disturbance etc, it has been reported that many ailments can actually develop over a period of time, if the stress is not managed appropriately.
The stressors that you can eliminate
- Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, taking on more than you can handle is a surefire recipe for stress.
- Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can’t turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.
- Take control of your environment – If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. If traffic’s got you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route. If going to the market is an unpleasant chore, do your grocery shopping online.
- Avoid hot conversation – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list. If you repeatedly argue about the same subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself.
- Pare down your to-do list – Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts”
- Don’t be over-ambitious for money or other acquisitions
- Express your feelings. If something or someone is bothering you, communicate your concerns in an open and respectful way. If you don’t voice your feelings, resentment will build and the situation will likely remain the same.
- Be willing to compromise. When you ask someone to change their behavior, be willing to do the same. If you both are willing to bend at least a little, you’ll have a good chance of finding a happy middle ground.
- Be more assertive. Don’t take a backseat in your own life. Deal with problems head on, doing your best to anticipate and prevent them. If you’ve got an exam to study for and your chatty roommate just got home, say up front that you only have five minutes to talk.
- Manage your time better. Poor time management can cause a lot of stress. When you’re stretched too thin and running behind, it’s hard to stay calm and focused. But if you plan ahead and make sure you don’t overextend yourself, you can alter the amount of stress you’re under.
- Forget and forgive
- Death is a reality, don’t be afraid of it
Healthy ways to relax –
|· Go for a walk.· Spend time in nature.· Call a good friend.· Sweat out tension with a good workout.· Write in your journal.· Take a long bath.
· Light scented candles.
|· Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea.
· Play with a pet.
· Work in your garden.
· Get a massage.
· Curl up with a good book.
· Listen to music.
· Watch a comedy.
Develop and practice good hobbies.
Unhealthy ways to cope stress –
|· Smoking· Drinking too much· Overeating or under-eating· Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
· Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
|· Using pills or drugs to relax· Sleeping too much· Procrastinating· Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
· Taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence)