How You Can Deal with Stress

stressStress isn’t just something you should put up with. If you don’t take control and do things in order to deal with the stress in your life, then it could have an impact on relationships, job, and even health. So, what are some great and easy ways to blow off some steam and de-stress, aside from that vacation to Bora Bora? Well, read on to find out!

How Your Body Reacts to Stress

Stress is a normal part of life but continued stress that is not addressed can have a lasting impact on your body. When exposed to stress, your body can experience hormone changes. These changes can have a positive effect, such as making it easier to focus when you’re working under a tight deadline, but the stress response is only beneficial in the short term. Chronic stress can cause:

  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn

As you can see, dealing with stress is very important to your health.

What is Causing Stress?

The first step to dealing with stress is to figure out what’s causing it. This isn’t always easy since most people have become accustomed to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Most people get used to feeling stressed all the time, and many think of it as a normal state of being.

The best way to identify what could be stressing you out is to keep a stress log. Write down times when you’re feeling stressed or having a response such as crying, overeating or maybe even getting depressed. You may notice a pattern and that can help you to zero in on what is stressing you out.

What Can You Change?

Since you’re trying to deal with stress, you shouldn’t stress yourself out trying to change things that can’t be changed. You can’t control traffic, and you can’t control other people. What you can control are things like losing your car keys every morning or being late to work. Look at the things you can change and come up with a plan to make changes in order to address them.

Take Care of Yourself

Get enough sleep, eat right, exercise and you are almost guaranteed to gain a new perspective. You have to always make time to take care of yourself so that when a real crisis does crop up you can deal with it more effectively.

You have to take measures to deal with stress in your life not only for the sake of those around you but, more importantly, for yourself!

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