You might not be aware that stress can make you ill. I mean physically sick, not intellectually sick. Most of the time when we are stressed, we say things like “I’m sick and tired,” and that could be a lot truer than we think.
When you’re stressed, your immune system starts to weaken. This makes your body more vulnerable to germs, which can make you sick. Have you ever questioned why so many college and high school students frequently have the flu or a cold around finals and midterms? Maybe you have noticed that many of your co-workers will get sick when there is a really huge deadline that needs to be met.
Not to worry—and I mean that literally. There are a variety of ways that you can avoid stress. As much as we dread or dislike doing it, you have to workout. One of the best methods for reducing stress is exercise. The exercise doesn’t have to be an intense cardio workout. In reality, a 30-minute walk will do. A path for walking or biking usually exists in your neighborhood park. Just give it a go. As long as you can clear your head of all the things that you think about during the day, you’re good to go.
After we leave school, we tend to forget to do something really basic, something that is intrinsic to our educational learning. Believe it or not, writing can relieve large amounts of stress. Expressing yourself in written form can reduce your stress level. You don’t have to be a writer; just try it anyway. Every day for a week, just write about anything and everything that comes to mind. Don’t want your hand to cramp up from holding the pen so hard? Then type it out on your computer. You can keep it to yourself or you can post it online; there are many blog websites out there. You’ll realize you’re not alone if you read other people’s blogs. Still doubt that writing has the desired effect? If you are creative in any way, do what expresses you and your feelings. If you used to be a musician, try playing again; if you used to be a painter, get some canvases; if you used to be a singer, find some music you like and sing along. There are endless ways a creative mind can relieve itself from stress.
We should never be afraid to express ourselves. I was once told that it was okay to have a healthy crying session every now and then. Instead, if you feel like conversing, give your sister or best friend a call and express yourself. Are you upset right now? Really, it’s okay to feel angry. Emotions are a fundamental aspect of being human; therefore, do not deny yourself that, because if you do, you will stress out.
Let’s now explore ways to alleviate stress in our daily lives. As you get older, you start to have a better knowledge of time management. However, the majority of individuals typically have no notion of time, which can contribute to high levels of stress, especially on the job. We should try to organize our schedule so we don’t just run around like lost souls in the dark, worrying about what we think we have to do next.
The following is a difficult one. You should aim to create an efficient technique for coping with stress.
By that, I mean that you should discover what works and what doesn’t work for you in decreasing your stress levels. I mentioned this previously, and here it is again. You must be in good health. That entails eating well, sleeping well, and limiting your alcohol and smoking intake. That may appear to be a sacrifice, yet it works. Make an effort to maintain tight relationships with your family and friends. According to studies, people who have a strong personal network or support system cope with stress far better than those who do not. Finally, make every effort to decrease or eliminate all anxious thoughts. Improve your problem-solving abilities, and you will feel a lot better.
There are several factors to consider when assessing stress levels. Your stress level may depend on your genes, how much support you get from your family, how you feel about things, or how well you can bounce back. Lastly, the amount of stress you feel depends on how you see it and how long you let it last. There are a few techniques to gauge your stress level. You can take a more professional approach by chatting with a counselor. Or you may check online; there are various stress level calculators on the Internet.
As said earlier, stress may damage your physical self. Because stress affects your heart and blood vessels, brain system, and immune system, the more stressed you are, the more likely you are to become ill. The most prevalent stress-related illnesses include coronary artery disease, asthma, and diabetes. Stress can also have an effect on your emotions. You may feel depression, which can make you angry, worried, and tough to control.
When we are stressed, our bodies generate chemicals that increase the heart rate and the respiratory system. The body then begins to prepare for danger, which is known as the “fight-or-flight” stress response. It might be subtle or quite obvious. We are less likely to feel good physically and emotionally when we are anxious.