Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Our lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic. Dealing with a new virtual world and tackling all the ups and downs that come with it has been nothing short of stressful. Today, I will share with you some of the top ways I have learned to deal with stress.
What is stress?
According to the NIH Medlineplus website, stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. However, when stress lasts for a long time, it may harm your health.
Our body reacts to stress by releasing hormones. These hormones make our brain more alert, cause our muscles to tense, and increase our pulse. In the short term, these reactions are good because they can help us handle the situation causing stress. This is our body’s way of protecting itself. However, when we have chronic stress, our body stays alert, even though there is no danger. Over time, this puts us at risk for health problems, including: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depressing, menstrual problems, insomnia, and skin problems such as eczema and acne.
Ways to Deal with Stress
In order for us to prevent long-term effects of stress, we need to learn to deal and cope with stress. Some of the best ways to deal with stress includes:
Taking a break from news: It is good to be informed about the what is happening around us. However, constant exposure to negative news can be traumatic and effect us negatively. One of the best way to deal with this is to limit your exposure to the news couple of times a day. This means take a break from social media, and any outlets where you can be exposed to the news. Instead use the time to do something just for yourself, whether reading a book, painting, crafts, or spending some quality time with the loved ones. Trust me, you will be surprised how positively this will effect your life.
Taking care of yourself: To deal with stress in the long-term you will need to take care of yourself. Eat healthy and well-balanced meal, exercise, and have a good night sleep. This will make a huge difference in your both your physical and mental well-being.
Taking a deep breath: With the daily hassle of life we forget to take some deep breaths. As we deal with the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to breath fast. Our body and brain need oxygen to survive and function properly. If we are not breathing efficiently, we’re robbing our body of vital oxygen. In addition to oxygen starvation, if we breathe too fast, we lose carbon dioxide – which could leave our blood vessels at risk of spasm. Additionally, our heart rate goes up and lead to feeling of anxiety and palpitation. So, take the time everyday to consciously teach your body to take deep slow breaths. It will enable more air to flow into your body and can help calm your nerves, reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help you improve your attention span and lower pain levels.
Talk to others: Consequently, talking to another person relieves stress and helps build friendships and connections. Talking things over with other people also aids in decision-making and provides an avenue to process your thoughts and feelings. Talking also exposes you to new perspectives and ideas and helps with problem-solving. Whether going out with a loved ones for a nice walk outside, or spending time with them for a meal, your body and mind will thank you for it.
My dear beautiful lovelies! Stress has become the daily part of our lives. However, we can take actions to ensure that stress does not take over our lives. Please take the time to take care of yourselves. It is only then you can start living your lives to it’s full potential.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I would like to know about your experience with stress and how you deal with it. I look forward to your comments and feedback.
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