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With how crazy everyone's schedules are right now, it is not surprising that we tend to get stressed by doing even simple tasks. Everything seems to be so complicated and challenging. Once we open our eyes, get out of your room and tend to your responsibilities, it's like walking out into a carnival that's full of random stuff to do. You don't know how to start and you definitely don't know where to start. That's why it is important that you know how to de-stress yourselves from your life and responsibilities. Making yourself relax will help you to complete your tasks with ease and you can make every decision with confidence. Today, I will share some of the best and easiest ways to de-stress yourself.
What are the Types of Stress?
- Acute Stress. This is the most commonly known type of stress, and the one recognized by most people. It is the result of demands and pressures from our past, present and future situations. This type of stress is just short-term and doesn't have enough time to cause your health extensive damage. This type of stress can be easily resolved, treated and managed, since the feeling is new and can be easily recognized.
- Episodic acute stress. This is a condition of those people who suffer from acute stress more often. These are the people who live in rush, chaos, pressure and unorganized life. They are the one who are often irritable, short-tempered, anxious and tense. They can't seem to find what's wrong with their lives and blame others when they encounter trouble.
- Chronic stress. This is the worst type of stress. It wears on people's minds and destroys their bodies. This is the type of stress that can give you long-term health and mental problems. This is a stress that results from a never-ending problem suffered by a person who has often already lost hope in finding their way out. This type of stress is commonly ignored because the feeling is old, familiar and sometimes almost comfortable.
What Causes Your Stress?
Not understanding what causes your stress makes it harder for you to address it. Knowing what causes your stress will help you to find the proper actions to prevent it. So here are some of the most common causes of stress.
Having difficulty balancing your personal life with work is definitely a problem, especially if your work is eating too much of your personal time, or vice versa. Too much time spent in the office decreases your opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, which actually could lessen your stress.
Sometimes this is because of the overwhelming tasks that are placed on our shoulders that seem too impossible to accomplish, but often it simply happens because of poor management or not setting our priorities. Not being able to accomplish a task or cramming to complete a task close to the deadline can also lead to stress.
Conflicts at your workplace or at home.
If relationships are strained and you are having a hard time finding harmony with the people around you, then more than likely, you'll be stressed about them. Having a decent relationship with the people you work with is important. Not having a good relationship at work or at home can cause anxiety, which can lead to stress.
Sudden change of environment or situations.
Not all people have the capability to adapt with changes. Some can, but might require a lot of time to adjust. A sudden change of environment or certain situation can make them stress out. Plus, the energy that they spent in trying to change something that they can't really change just tends to add more stress to them and make things much worse.
An issue that affects all of us - young and old. And this is especially when we spend more money than what we earn. The problem with us is that we spend too much money even on those things that we don't really need, and think a little about saving it.
Failure to pause and relax.
Being always on the run will put your body and mind in a heightened state of tension. Forgetting to pause will not give your body a chance to breathe and get rid of the tension.
What Can Stress Give You
Physically age yourself.
Stress makes you look older and can also affect your memory. When you are stressed, you tend to have difficulty sleeping, which can cause tired eyes and deepens your worry lines.
Makes your heart beat faster.
When you are stressed, your breathing changes from slow, deeper and relaxed to fast and shallow. This will affect all your other vital functions.
Increasing your blood pressure.
When you are stressed, your blood pressure increases, since it needs to pump more blood to supply more energy for your body.
When you are stressed, your body shuts or slows down any system since it's in full alert that your body is in danger and in need to keep you from harm, even if that system is necessary for you.
Immune system issues.
When you are stressed, your immune systems slows down with fighting diseases making your body weak, which can easily lead to sickness.
This is when you handle excess workloads that are too much for your body to handle. This can cause you injuries, exhaustion and muscle pains.
Pumping more of your stress hormones.
When you are stressed, more of stress hormones are pumped into your body, sending your mind alerts that you are in great danger, increasing your anxiety and fear.
How can I release stress?
Treat yourself to some sweets!
Stressed when spelled backwards is desserts. So why not treat yourself by eating sweet food like chocolates, crepes, or ice cream! Eating sweets is also a way of lowering your stress hormones.
Find a quiet room.
Stay in a quiet room for at least five minutes, where you can meditate and reflect about the things that happened in your life. Make sure that the place is somewhere quiet that can allow you to get your mind at peace and relax. It is also the best time to clear your mind over petty things and start thinking ahead about your plans and future goals.
Connect with your friends.
Spending time with your friends is definitely the easiest and the most fun way to reduce your stress. A sit down conversation over coffee is a good way to relax your mind and body from the stress that you have accumulated from your work and personal life. Also, having some quality time with your friends and just talking about your feelings will help you to reduce whatever burden you're currently carrying.
Find a good book.
Reading is a fantastic way of relaxing. Just sitting in a quiet corner and letting the story draw you in you is enough to relax your body and quiet your mind while you focus on the book in front of you. Like some people say, reading books is the cheapest way of traveling, since you can visit lots of places just by reading about it.
Listen to relaxing music.
Try to find some music that can soothe your soul and relax your mind. Music like classical, jazz, and mellow are examples of music that can slow down your heart rate and lower your stress hormones. If you can play some musical instruments, then that's even better! And see if you can compose a few songs your own. It will not only relax you, but it can also boost your confidence and make your mind work.
Get yourself a massage!
Massage isn't just a luxurious way to pamper yourself. Getting a massage can reduce the pain from your muscles that tighten every time you're stressed. It will also help you to get your heart rate and blood pressure to return to normal. Now, if you think that getting a massage is too much and you don't want to spend any money on it, you can just do a self-massage by massaging your own shoulders, legs, arms, thighs, and even your hands.
Find time to travel.
Traveling is an opportunity to see the beauty of the world. By experiencing such beauty, it will give you time to breathe, relax and meditate. Seeing the beauty of nature will boost your happiness that can overcome whatever issues are causing your stress.
Count your blessings.
Counting and listing your blessings can help you make yourself at ease. A study shows that people who wrote things in their journals about what they're grateful for before going to bed fell asleep faster, and woke up feeling more refreshed than those who didn't keep journals. This also will help you keep track of things, so that not everything in your life is in chaos and there are still a lot of things that are happening in your life that should be acknowledged and you can feel positive and be thankful for.
- Do not ignore when your body starts sending you alerts about being stressed. Stress that is left unnoticed will contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and other health related issues, and even suicide.
- By knowing how to fight or lessen your stress, it will prevent you from having long term health problems.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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