How To Manage Stress

Is Stress Bad For You-Reasons Why You Should Reduce Your Stress?

For some people, stress can become an almost normal and worryingly accepted part of their lives. 

Whilst others think they need stress to help motivate them and push them forwards.

We have all heard how, a little bit of stress, in small and controllable doses, can be beneficial.

The reasons being. It can help you move through your comfort zone, in some cases, it can help you to perform better and assist you to react quickly, in real life threatening situations.

In some cases a little bit of adrenaline can help you, with certain things like to giving a speech, sports performance or running a race, as long as it comes without fear and anxiety, but that's where the benefits end.

Because, the ironic thing about stress is. 

Even though stress is primarily, designed to help and protect you, in a real life threatening situation. By giving you extra energy and to help to speed up your reaction times, when you need to get out of trouble.

Chronic and prolonged periods of stress and tension, especially when it gets out of control, is actually. The biggest known danger and health risk to people. 

Therefore the very mechanism, that is designed to help to keep you safe, can turn into the biggest enemy, that you will have to face.

When people are talking about stress being beneficial. 

They mean low levels of controllable and manageable stress, where the person knows how to quickly restore themselves, back to, their natural calm state of balance.

The trouble is, most people do not know how to control and manage their stress levels and when this happens, stress can cause all sorts of problems. 

When you don't relax and learn to manage your stress and you allow your stress to accumulate and elevate out of control

This negative and stressful state of being, can then becomes your normal stress base level. For some people, that's all they know, and many have forgotten what it feels like to be relaxed and balanced.

When stress becomes a normal part of your day, then at some point, there will be consequences and you're going to suffer.

Reduce your day to day stress

If you feel anxious or irritable, for seemingly know apparent reason or you are feeling uncomfortable socially, then stress and tension could be the underlying root cause of your feelings of discomfort.

Emotional trauma and ill health are linked to stress and tension in the mind and body.

If you're prepared to learn how to reduce and relieve your everyday stress and tension. Then, the rewards that you will benefit, will be well worth your efforts.

Because, you will feel less tense, less irritated and you will feel more relaxed and at ease socially. 

When you feel calm and balanced, you will find it much easier to handle the daily challenges of life, your body will love it, you energy levels will increase and you will look and feel better and look younger.

It is estimated that it takes up to 36 hours for your body to burn of the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. If you're not relaxing or burning off your stress. 

Then you will never allow your body a chance to return back to it's natural and safe resting state and you will risk having a constant supply and release of adrenaline being pumped into your body.

Because, you're stress levels remain elevated. 

This can make you feel even more stressed and irritated, which causes you to react more stressful, to the slightest of things, that would not bother you, if you were feeling relaxed. 

Stress and tension in the body will cause your mind to search for dangers and more problems, change your feelings and your mind will change with the new calm feelings and sensation.

When you hold yourself, constantly stuck in a stressful and tense state and cycle. 

You tend to go to bed feeling stressed and tense. And because your mind is racing, you will probably have trouble sleeping, and even when you do fall asleep, the chances are, you will have restless night's sleep.

This will cause you to wake up feeling negative, tired and stressed and because you start of the day in the wrong frame of mind and energy. 

What happens is? 

You end up having another stressful day and this pattern keeps on repeating on itself, whilst your health, quality of life and your emotional well-being, starts to suffer and deteriorate.

Because of this pattern, people end up feeling tired and exhausted. 

Instead of listening to their body and relaxing and reducing their stress.

They reach for a caffeine fix, which basically mimics stress and makes them feel even more stressed and hyped up.

When you drink too much caffeine, your adrenal glands pump out the stress hormone, cortisol. 

The reasons why many people rely on caffeine in the morning.

Is because they feel so tired and exhausted because they have been experiencing too much stress that has either caused them sleep deprivation or they feel burnt out. 

When you do not learn how to manage and reduce your stress levels. Then, this can lead to more serious, psychological, emotional and physical damage.

Chronic and persistent stress and tension has been linked to many health related issues, including some of the dangerous and life threatening health related issues.

Other negative symptoms of stress and tension

  • Affect your cognitive abilities, 
  • Impact your ability to perform at your peak performance best
  • Knock your confidence 
  • Make you stupid 
  • Block out your creativity 
  • Make you age faster 
  • Lower your immune system 
  • Make you fatter 
  • Interrupt your sleep patterns
  • Dampen your sex drive 
  • Stress can cause skin issues
  • Cause mood swings
  • Stress and tension makes you feel more anxious
  • Stress and tension can also make the symptoms of OCD worse
Stress can be so demanding on your body, that it can sythen all your energy that your body would normally use, to support your immune system. 

When your immune system is low. Then you will be more prone to catching just about every cold or virus that is going about, which will further drag you down.

Stress and tension also play havoc on your digestive system. 

When we are feeling stressed, our digestive system shuts down as all the blood that would normally be used to keep our digestive system running smoothly, gets pumped to our major muscle groups to give us more strength.

The way to reduce stress is to find ways to just slow down, take it easy and just pause for a while and learn how to relax and unwind.

Because by taking time to relax and reduce your stress, it can help to lower your blood pressure and prevent the onset of come of the chronic diseases.

High levels of stress have been linked to causing inflammation and it may also raise your blood pressure. (With any health related issues, always seek advice from your GP)

The best ways to reduce your stress is by learning how to reduce stress by doing regular relaxation exercises such as yoga, meditation, breathing, exercising, guided imagery, hypnosis, taking a walk in nature or doing anything else that helps you to relax and unwind.

Because relaxing deeply can help you to lower your blood pressure, reduce your bodies inflammation, give your metabolism a boost, and good stress management can help your overall health, emotional well-being and quality of life.

Finding the root cause of your stress

Before you can reduce your stress, it is important to pinpoint, the root causes of your stress and tension.

Everybody is different and everybody has their own stressors.

Some of the main cause of stress are

  • Deadlines and rushing 
  • Impatiens 
  • Trying to do too many tasks or projects at once
  • The way you have learned to react
  • Inadequate or poor quality sleep
  • Tense postures
  • Financial
  • Relationships
  • Worry, anger and negative thinking
  • Unresolved problems
  • Other people
  • Bringing up children
  • Noisy or problematic neighbors
  • Diet
  • Body image, confidence

Once you pinpoint the things that are triggering your stress. Then you should devise a plan, that is aimed at resolving your problem, issue, concern or worry.

Self destructive emotions, negative thinking and worrying are probably the worst culprits for long term and chronic stress and tension. 

When we leave a worry or problem unresolved, then it can lead to weeks, months and even years of stress and worry.

If you have a problem, instead of focusing on your problem and stressing yourself out. Immediately work on resolving your problem.

Do whatever you can to resolve your problem. Once you have done everything you can. Let it go and focus your mind on something else.

There are two ways to tackle a problem. Take action, and work on resolving it, or change your attitude and change your thinking.

Write what you want, down on a piece, say a prayer or just tell your mind what you want. These days there is plenty of information available in books, on the internet or on youtube. 

Before you set about resolving your problem. Set aside around twenty minutes a day to deeply relax with things like.

  • Reading 
  • Hypnosis 
  • Meditation 
  • Listening to relaxing and soothing music

Exercise is very good at relieving the physical symptoms of stress. Resolving your problem relaxing, changing your thinking or changing what you're doing or your lifestyle, will treat the root cause of stress.

Sometimes you have just got to deliberately slow yourself down, stop caring so much and spend some time relaxing.

You might think that rushing might help you get you there quicker and help you do things quicker. But, the stress and overwhelm, will also age yo quicker, you won't do things as well and it can shorten your life.  

Prolonged stress can lead to exhaustion, fatigue and low feeling moods

Problems such as tiredness, burnout, fatigue and exhaustion, can all be brought on by high levels or prolong periods of stress, which can eventually lead to feelings of depression.

If you're always feeling tired and drained of energy and you feel that you look older than your years, then this could be a sign that you're feeling overly stressed.

Stress when left untreated can overwork and put an unnecessary strain on your adrenaline glands. 

One of the stress hormones is cortisol, which helps to prime up your body to give you more energy and strength, in a real life, fight or flight moment.

A little bit of cortisol helps to wake you up in the morning to help get you motivated and out of bed. Cortisol, also helps protect your body from disease by combating inflammation. 

When our hormones and body are balanced. You will feel at your best and you should have the right of amount of energy to help you get through your day.

This will keep you in a relaxed but alert state, you will feel more energized, your mind will stay sharp and you should get enough, restful and restorative, deep and relaxing quality sleep.

When we are tense and stressed, our bodies and physiology becomes out of balance and sync, and this can lead to many emotional and mental health issues.

The longer you leave it, the harder it becomes for you to handle the daily stresses and challenges of life and before long everything can seem stressful and challenging.

Eventually you become irritated and niggly, which can leads to arguments with friends, family, loved ones, neighbors and work colleagues.

Left untreated your health, well-being, work life, family life and your overall, general quality of life can suffer and deteriorate.

Stress will manifest itself in the body in many different forms, illnesses and ailments, which can lead to having days off from work, which can cost you financially.

What makes the health risks greater is the accumulation of all those little stressors and worries that build up over a period of time.

Stress can also lead to emotional eating and promote the craving of junk and processed foods that can cause weigh gain, which is also bad for your health.

Your brain can not tell the difference between a little stressor and a big one. Your brain, cannot also tell the difference between a real threat and an imagined threat, fear or worry.

Your brain and your body just responds the same negative way by releasing the harmful stress hormones and priming your body to be prepared to fight or run away from a threat that doesn't really exist in your reality.

Overtime, your adrenaline glands get overworked until they become exhausted, which can lead to feelings of exhaustion, burnout and adrenal fatigue.

Mid-day energy crashes can become  normal for people who suffer with too much stress or they are feeling tired and exhausted due to their persistent stress and overwhelm.

Instead of having a few minutes or more power nap, if possible, to help give them a an energy boost. 

Many, again rely on more on coffee, caffeine or soda to fuel them and give them more energy to get through the rest of the day. 

Generally at night you will struggle to get to sleep, because your body is stuck in the opposite state to which it needs to be, to fall off to sleep naturally.

To fall asleep and to get a good night's quality and restful sleep. You need to go to bed with a worry free mind and a relaxed and calm body.

You may just crashout in bed because you will feel so fatigued and tired, which may initially help you to drop off to sleep. 

But you may tend to wake up in the middle of the night and then you find it hard to fall back asleep again.

After a while, Even if you do manage to get enough sleep. The constant stress and strain on your body and your adrenal glands can still leave you feeling tired and low on energy.

After suffering prolong periods of stress, you can start to put on weight, especially around the belly area and because you feel so drained, emotionally, mentally and physically. 

This can have a negative impact on your mood, making you feel low, sad and depressed, making life hard to cope with.

Which can cause you to lose your motivation and leave you feeling emotionally overwhelmed, anxious, angry and irritable.

Long term stress and tension can trigger, general anxiety panic attacks and high levels of anxiety.

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