Stress is an inevitable part of life, but many people aren’t sure how it’s impacting their mental health. Stress itself isn’t always harmful, but the way you handle it can greatly influence your overall sense of well-being. Paying attention to how you deal with stress can help you better manage it and avoid chronic issues like anxiety and depression that are rooted in your inability to cope with stressful situations. Use these tips to help keep your stress levels under control and your mental health on track.
What is Stress?
Stress is the body’s natural response to any type of demand. When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones increase your heart rate and blood pressure and give you a burst of energy. This fight-or-flight response is designed to help you deal with a dangerous situation. But if this response is triggered too often, it can take a toll on your mental and physical health.
5 Signs you’re under too much stress:
1. You’re constantly on edge.
2. You can’t focus or concentrate.
3. You feel hopeless or helpless.
4. You’re not eating or sleeping well.
5. You’re abusing alcohol
The effects of stress are felt in every aspect of your life, including your relationships and work performance. Stress can also lead to serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, depression, stroke, high blood pressure, or even more life threatening complications.
We’ve all been there: you feel like a stress ball and can’t stop the anxiety from getting in the way of your life.
Chances are, you have a lot of stressors in your life—some big and some small. Maybe it’s work, or school, or family responsibilities—whatever it is, I got some advice for you on how to deal with it. Trying to manage stress can be frustrating. Writing them down and creating a solution can be helpful.
First things first: take a deep breath! Our bodies can get so used to responding to stress that we forget how to relax. So take a few minutes right now and close your eyes, then breathe deeply and slowly into your belly for five seconds. Repeat this three times if necessary.
Now that you’ve relaxed your body a bit, try thinking about what’s causing the stress in the first place. Are there any solutions? Can you change something? Is there something else going on that has nothing to do with what’s causing the stress? If so, how can you manage those feelings so they don’t get in the way of dealing with whatever is causing it?
If none of these ideas help or if things are just too overwhelming at this point, consider calling someone who can help—your doctor or therapist would be ideal here because they have experience dealing with stressful situations.
There can be situations in our lives that we avoid to an unconscious effect. Not fully understanding or accepting the stressor can lead to deeper issues. To feel better about the stress in your life, find the problem. If changing something on your behalf is needed than do so. Trying to avoid the stressor can make matters worse over time. If the situation is more complicated take time to work through options. Ask a friend or family member for advice. If the situation is more complicated, maybe its time for professional help. You can only determine your stress level and assistance needed. Don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to reach out for help. Services are available everywhere.
We all been there, I will deal with it later. Who hasn’t said that before? Overall its your health that suffers, mentally and physically. Never is it to soon to fix a problem. But we all just don’t have the time to deal with it. Make time to make you priority. You matter! You deserve to be happy! Your well-being is living a stress free life! Stress is life, reducing stress is the a better way of life.
Until our beautiful minds matter. Be safe out there. Many blessing and much live. Remember Everyday Minds Matter – Della 💞🦋