There are lots of things in our lives that are filled with stressors. Sometimes, that stress can cause a pull on you until it gets to the point of being unhealthy. According to http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20765943,00.html, “While some research has shown that short bursts of stress can be good for you, a new study out of Ohio State University and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that dealing with persistent, long-term stress (like that from a toxic boss or from caring for an elderly parent) can actually change your genes, leading to an increase in inflammation that can bring on a variety of health issues.” If you are a long-term stressed person, there are many ways of managing your stress. First thing to know when you try to reduce your stress is that there are good and a bad ways to do so.
The WORST ways of managing stress is:
• Holding it in-
Do NOT hold in things that are causing the problems for you. Holding it in only creates a bigger stress. Communicate your stresses with someone close to you.
• Negative habits-
Drinking, smoking and other unhealthy things can turn stress into addiction and even more stress. It seems like a good release but it is a problem in itself and will lead you to more stress.
• Ignoring your problem-
Ignoring your problem is worse than holding it in. The more you ignore a situation, the worse it’s going to get. Acknowledge your problem and then create a plan on how to solve it.
• Dwell in the problems-
Do you assume that if you get into an argument, that person is going to leave? Have you done something wrong at your job and thought you would be fired? It’s common for people to put themselves in negative light when they make a mistake. Try looking at things in a different light and giving yourself a positive boost by communicating your issues.
Both of these things can cause major problems. Sleeping more does not help you in any way. Studies show that oversleeping can make you feel even sleepier when you get up. Overeating can cause health problems if done for a long period of time. Overeating can make you feel worse about yourself and oversleeping can just make you feel worse in general.
The BEST ways of managing stress is:
• Getting some fresh air-
Research indicates that taking in sights, smells, and sounds around you redirect your focus on things. Taking that spare time and just getting some outside air can do wonderful things in a stressful situation.
• Get out of your thoughts-
Sometimes, the best way to get out of your thoughts is to just find something to do. Whether it’s knitting, playing music, drawing, etc., keeping your hands moving automatically gives you a less stressed feeling. You can even try using a stress ball if you’re not into doing things like that. Maybe you can even find yourself with a new-found hobby.
• Exercise and meditation-
Exercise and meditation can help in more ways than one. Not only can exercising and meditation reduce your stress, but exercising can keep you healthy and meditating for a long time can help you open your mind to more positive things surrounding your life.
• Take a bath-
Sometimes all we need is some time to just sit down and relax. What better way than taking a bath? Just pour your favorite scent/soap in, turn on some music and let your thoughts drift away.
• Treat yourself-
Sometimes, the best release you can have is by doing something for yourself. Whether that’s going out, splurging on something you like or just making yourself a special dinner, doing something for yourself can help your mind escape the stress.
Taking time managing your stress can prevent health issues and many other problems that can come long term. Taking the steps to become less stressed can give you a better mindset and a better life. Just remember “Nothing bad can last forever”. Enjoy the life you have and make everyday count.