Stress is used as a bad word these days when in actual fact a small amount of stress is good and can help us grow as a person. The issue comes from chronic stress, which in the 24-hour society that we live in is an ever-increasing problem. Chronic stress has an effect on our physical and mental health, in turn affecting our lives.
Signs of Stress
We go into the alert mode which we call this fight or flight. This was very useful when we had acute instances, maybe we had to run from a Lion. The world we live in today is very different and the average person lives in a state of chronic fight or flight. This could look like:
Increased heart rate
Raised blood pressure
You may have experienced some of these symptoms before a big meeting, going to the doctors or after an argument.
Basic Management Tools
As we don't often take note of our stress and where it has come from, it can be difficult to find the right management tool. The first step to reducing stress is to become aware of the areas in life that cause stress.
write a list of stressors
Once you have written your list place them in order of least stressful to most stressful.
Least stressful can be anything from miss-matched socks to changing a light bulb, for example.
Most stressful could be weight loss, financial problems, or relationship issues. Everyone is different and feels that stressors fall in different places on a list. With your well thought out list, work on the smallest stress first, and see how you feel afterward.
Ask yourself if you can make a change to the stress right then and there. If you cannot, let it go and come back to it when you are able to make a change.
This is not as easy to do as it is to write, it takes practice.
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