Managing Stress

  | James Innes

The human body is absolutely incredible. Our minds and our physical structures are very strong. However, that doesn't mean that we're not susceptible to a wide assortment of ailments and injuries, and stress can affect even the strongest person. Learn to manage stress so that it does not manage you.

Stress can come from so many different sources in our lives, so take the time to identify the causes of your worst stress. If you can easily remove the source of stress from your life, then do so immediately. If you can’t at least you know where you should be concentrating your efforts and to take measures to deal with it. Removing or alleviating stress can feel as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.

A great way to reduce stress is not to sweat the small stuff. People with high stress levels tend to get upset about trivial things more often than people with low stress levels. Sometimes it is best to step away from a situation and think about whether it is worth getting upset over. If you do find yourself getting upset about a small incident, stop and count to 10 before you do or say anything you might later regret. Take a moment away from the thing or person causing you stress and get yourself together. Take a few deep breaths, stretch or do whatever it takes to re-focus, and get rid of the stress.

Commit yourself to a hobby you love. Hobbies have the ability to take your mind off of the day's stressors. As many hobbies are active in nature, this makes them doubly powerful in reducing stress. Having a hobby or an outside interest can give you much needed perspective, and energy to tackle what had previously seemed an impossible task. Just removing yourself - mentally or physically –from a stressful situation can often reduce your tensions and allow you to consider alternative ways of addressing your problems or issues.

Exercise is wonderful way to relieve stress. Consider activities such as walking, tennis, running, swimming or biking. Stress related chemicals are burned off during exercise and it is healthy for you and your heart!

If you are feeling as though your stress levels are becoming unmanageable, you might consider talking to a professional. A counselor who deals with stress will be able to give you many great tips, and will talk you through your most stressful moments and times. Sometimes this kind of help is indispensable.

As strong as you may be, there may come a time when things simply become too much to take. Recognise stress for what it is and learn to manage it; it will help you lead a better balanced and happier life.

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