Stress is a regular part of life, and it serves a useful purpose. But if you don’t get a handle on your stress, it can seriously interfere with your job, money, family life, and health in the long-term.
On the other hand, stress has many fine attributes. It reminds us that we need to pay attention to other important aspects of our lives. There are various health benefits with a little bit of stress. Researchers believe that some stress can help to fortify the immune system. It can also bring unexpected benefits in the form of personal growth.
In the last few weeks, I was trying to accomplish too much at once. I thought I could be the super wife, mum, grandmum, and at the same time, take care of household responsibilities plus work, but the truth is that the emotional and physical demands began to affect my health and wellbeing.
I read in an article that individuals who adopt the attitude of “stress is enhancing” mindset show greater work performance and fewer negative health symptoms than those who adopt the “stress is debilitating” mindset.
As stress is an inevitable part of life, we can improve the way we respond to it by harnessing the creative power of stress while minimizing its negative effects.
No. 1 Acknowledge your stress. Symptoms of too much stress can be physical, emotional, mental and behavioural. The common signs are; memory problems, trouble concentrating, racing thoughts, irritability, anger, sadness, headaches, frequent colds and changes in sleep or appetite.
No. 2 Use it to your Advantage. Although the stress response can sometimes be detrimental, in many cases, stress hormones actually induce growth and release chemicals into the body that rebuild cells, synthesize proteins and enhance immunity, leaving the body even stronger and healthier than it was before. Researchers call this effect physiological thriving, and any athlete knows its rewards.
No. 3 Be Mindful. Your mindset is a huge factor in how your body deals with it. If you see it as a positive and necessary thing, it’s less likely to take a physical or emotional toll on you. Practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, Pilates or any class where you can incorporate physical and mental exercises to prevent stress from becoming a major issue.
No. 4 Exercise. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise can help boost your mood and limit the negative effects of stress. And you get even more out of it if you go outside in the sunshine. Scientists have found that consistent participation in regular exercise, a short walk or simply standing up to stretch can decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.
No. 5 Breathe. For an easy three- to five-minute exercise, sit up in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands on top of your knees. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, concentrating on your lungs as they expand fully in your chest. Deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps centre your body, and clears your mind.
Hope these simple techniques have been of help to you. Practising these simple exercises have been allowing me to recover my energy and get back on track.
How do you handle stress? Are any other suggestions you can share that we can all benefit from?
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Wishing you all the success