When we are under stress, every one of us reacts in a different way, but it is most common for those who are stressed to be tense and irritable, finding themselves unable to concentrate or focus on the job in hand. Moreover, many people suffer from headaches, increased heartbeat and perhaps even dizziness or light-headedness as a result of being under stress.
No matter how confident you are that your life is under control, there are always situations that arise every day that represent a natural breeding ground for stress to creep in.
Learning to deal with stress is therefore an essential skill but it is unfortunately one that the majority of us do not naturally possess. Learning to manage stress is however a notion or strategy that you can learn, something that becomes far easier if you do so on a step-by-step basis.
Learning effective stress management strategies and tactics and being able to apply them successfully can reduce the risk of heart attack and other associated cardiac problems by up to 75%. In order to be able to manage stress effectively, you need to learn about awareness:
• How and why your mind and body are affected by stress;
• Recognizing the warnings signs that you are in a potentially stressful situation and that stress levels are beginning to increase
In order to assess each of these different stress indicators, the first thing to do is to find some time and space in your busy schedule to assess your current life and everyday existence as objectively as possible. You cannot do this properly on the move or when your mind is full of other ‘clutter’.
You have to find a suitable window of an hour or two when you can be completely undisturbed and therefore totally focused on analyzing your life to assess just how stressful it is and how you react to the stressful stimuli with which you are faced every day.
Stress can be seen in both emotional and physical symptoms, with people who are under stress often being unable to sleep, consistently tired, irritable, unable to concentrate and permanently tense or anxious. At the same time, many people who are under stress suffer physical symptoms such as an upset stomach accompanied by nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. They may suffer from headaches, a dry mouth, an increased need to go to the bathroom almost every few minutes, tight muscles that can sometimes become painful and persistent headaches.
Write down what causes you to be irritable and snappy because the fact that you are irritable suggests that you might be prone to stress attacks. Therefore, it is essential to identify what brings on this irritability or snappiness. These are the triggers that make you stressed and the first step towards being able to handle stress and tension naturally is to identify these triggers.
If you can pinpoint the exact time when you first noticed that you seem to be suffering, so much the better, but if not, an approximation of when you first became aware of your problem is better than nothing. From this ‘best guestimate’, you might be able to backtrack to assess whether there was something particularly stressful that might have caused it, so this is not a waste of time.
The kind of drugs that doctors most commonly prescribe for stress is important to note here is that these drugs are only capable of calming the symptoms of your stress problem. They do not attack it at the root by helping you to analyze what it is that is causing stress in your life, nor do drugs help you to understand what you need to do if you want to minimize or eradicate the stress you suffer on a daily basis.
So, it makes far more sense to study the list of stress triggers that you compiled earlier in an effort to firstly identify exactly what it is that is causing your problems. Doing so means that you can come up with a long-term lifestyle change plan that will minimize or banish whatever it is that causes stress from your life. In this way, you reduce the need to resort to pharmaceutical drugs to ‘treat’ stress, thereby limiting the possibility that these drugs will eventually become as big a problem as stress itself.
Learn to manage your stress levels by changing your attitude or approach to the stress causing factors that you cannot remove from your every day existence. For instance, you can walk away from a job, but you cannot walk away from an ex-spouse with whom you have joint custody of your children. In this case, if the ex-spouse is causing you stress and upset, the ‘flight’ option does not exist and as choosing the ‘fight’ option will only lead to more tension and upset, you need to learn how to deal with what you are going through.
Stress is as old as mankind itself, a chemical reaction in your body to real or perceived danger which has been passed down through the generations for thousands of years.
There is no real need for most of us to get stressed out in general, everyday situations. You have to understand that might help you deal with stress is that it is not always the situation or event that we perceive as causing stress that is the real cause. It is often the way that we deal with the situation that causes the stress levels to rise, rather than the situation itself. Don't be so hard on yourself.
Negative thinking of this nature is extremely destructive because not only does it damage your potential to perform to your maximum capabilities by undermining your self-confidence, it also distracts your attention away from the main task to focus on your internal emotional strife. If you can therefore learn or teach yourself how to turn off these false alarm situations so that you do not react to challenging and difficult events by getting stressed, you have taken a significant step towards reducing stress levels in your life. In this way, you have minimized the possibility of suffering the attendant medical side-effects that can be so critically dangerous. Do not underestimate the power of deep breathing!
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