If you suffer from stress, you’re not alone: in fact, the best way to tell if someone else is suffering from stress is simple: they’re conscious. One way or another, it gets us all. But, though it’s not always avoidable, it is manageable.
Why Stress Management Matters
Stress has a reputation as a benign condition, but it’s not harmless: it’s a gateway to more serious conditions. Yes, it may cause the occasional headache, but, according to the Mayo Clinic, it also increases your risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. There’s probably not an illness on the planet that isn’t somehow compounded by stress. Emotional pain is an aider and abettor to the physical kind.
Stress also influences your mood and causes feelings of anger, sadness, and irritability. This leads to not-so-wise lifestyle choices, like overeating, doing away with your exercise routine, and turning that one glass of wine into a bottle or two.
Top Ways to Manage Stress
Stress is an ugly little monster, rearing its head whenever it wants and sticking out its tongue to toy with you. It’s impossible to eliminate, but it’s easily decreased. A few of the ways to do this include:
Exercise: Working out releases endorphins, chemicals that make us happy. It also increases our self-image and motivates us to do other things.
Acceptance: There’s a reason no one ever said life was fair: simply, it’s not. And this is something we must accept. Focus on what you can control and release yourself from needing to control the things you can’t.
Change your environment: Some stress follows you around like it’s a cloud but try to flee it anyway! It may be a simple as to go for walk, hop on your bike or get in the car and drive off into the sunset. If the stress is chronic and is being caused by your job, relationship or circumstances, whilst it may not be easy you will need to deal with the situation – change your environment and you’ll change your mood as well.
Believe the glass is half-full: According to studies, people who believe in good luck are, in actuality, luckier. A positive outlook begets positive things. So, believe your glass is half-full, unless it’s a glass of tomato juice or something equally disgusting.
Breathe: Breathing isn’t something most of us think about – we do it naturally. But conscientious breathing, the type taught in yoga, facilitates mindfulness and gratefulness. It teaches you to be in the moment and many moments, when you’re fully with them, are wonderful.
Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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