High demands from work can cause a lot of stress or threats in life. Stress is a way for your body to respond to react to its environment into a “fight-or-flight” response. It is your body’s way of protecting you. If you deal with the stress properly, it will help with focus and being more alert/ However, if dealt with improperly, it could cause weakening of immune system and long term stress could lower life expectancy.
Sometimes, stress could be an addicting feeling since it gives you a sense of thrill and adrenaline going through your body. It almost feels like you are being productive, even though in reality, you are just sitting there stressing. There are people out there that confuse stress with productivity. If asked what they achieved all day, they probably will tell you that they felt as if they were productive, but in reality, have achieved nothing on their list. On top of that, the stress will probably kill them in the long run.
There are causes of stress which could be caused internally or from the environment. Internally, it could be caused by insecurity, pessimistic worldview, negative self-talk, perfectionism, being rigid, and inability to adapt. Externally, it could be caused by work demand, life changes, financial burden, and lack of time to relax. The news and media could also be a huge factor of stress as well given our current day political climate. Although stress could be an external factor, if dealt with correctly internally, it could be channeled into positive energy.
Here are some ideas on dealing with stress so it won’t kill you.
~Taking a deep breath to regulate your senses, especially when hearing of hard news.
~Learn how to take time off work, and that Rome wasn’t built in one day. Some people go so hard that they burned themselves in their work within a short term of starting a project.
~Go on a walk while brainstorming to think of the big picture.
~Learn work-life balance and spend time with people whom you feel understand you.
~Hit the gym to get your endorphins kicking.
~Meditate for ten minutes to help you control stress, decrease anxiety, and improve cardiovascular health. (Not sure how to meditate? Join us on Meditation Monday!)
~Decrease your caffeine intake to lower your cortisol level. Since both caffeine and stress can elevate cortisol level, your mood could soar and plummet with it, causing a higher amount of stress and harming your health.
~Deal with problems when they arise, not dreaming of potential problems that might happen. Sometimes, overthinking would kill more stress than necessary.
~Cut out alcohol in your life. Even if alcohol makes you feel good in the short term, but could have long term psychological and medical impact, which will do more harm than good.
Make sure to not be too hard on yourself internally as self-criticism isn’t going to help with any situation. Staying positive while working to lower the amount of stress and stay productive.