It is highly likely that you constantly hear one complaining that he/she is stressed or you have personally commented to a friend or colleague that you are stressed. Well, you may actually be at times. The fast world we live in present many challenges, with varied tasks and demands that we have to meet or fulfill within a given time. When we fail to meet deadlines or meet life demands, we develop a certain fear within ourselves. Because of this fear, our bodies release stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol), which rouse our bodies for action. We are bound to have tight muscles, increased blood pressure and fast breathing amongst other experiences.
Such experiences are normal body stress response to real or imagined fear. While stress response helps you escape from a danger, it can be counter-productive. This is especially when stress levels become too high. High stress levels, otherwise referred to as chronic stress has the following negative effects on your life and health:
- Negative mood all the time
- Low productivity
- Poor relationship with spouse, colleagues or friends
- High blood pressure
- Suppression of your body’s immune system
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Low sex esteem that can easily lead to infertility
- Lack of sleep
- Fast aging
It is obvious that stress effects are serious and can easily ruin your life. It is therefore important to avoid stressful situation as much as possible to minimize chances of you suffering from stress. Nevertheless, how can you avoid stress? Simple; control stress; do not let it control you. Consider undertaking the following:
- Avoid loneliness – Create a network of friends, colleagues and family members; they will definitely support you during stress situations.
- Have confidence in all that you do – Having confidence in your undertakings makes you less vulnerable to stress.
- Develop optimism – Be optimistic in all that you do or face. Your attitude towards challenges should always be positive.
- Emotional control – Balance your emotions regardless of the situation.
- Increase your knowledge on stress (post-stress period, stress causes, stressful situations, stress effects and post stress period).
It is a fact that you cannot eliminate stressful situations in your life. However, you can effectively manage stressors (situations and pressures that cause stress). It is worth pointing out however that what may be a stressor to you may not be a stressor to another. You need to ascertain your own stressors and develop your personalized stress management techniques. Consider undertaking the following:
- Meditation – This technique has been and continues to be used by many in managing stress and enhancing their focus.
- Relax – Relaxation is one of the most effective stress management techniques available. Relax your body and mind by undertaking exercises that do not necessarily need to be heavy. Such should include breathing exercises.
- Speak out – Consider sharing your stressor(s) with your close and trusted friends colleagues or family members.
It is very important to avoid stressful situations, as it is good for you. The best part of it is that you do not need to spend anything in avoiding the same; you simply enhance your capabilities with a change in your attitude in life.