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Managing Your Stress Levels

Stress can be a double-edged sword

Double-edged Swords = Stress


Stress can be the cause of many issues, but at the same time is a result of your actions and your environment.

Let’s explain this in a simpler way.

Over a period, you start always to feel tired and worn out. You can’t put your finger on the reason, but you notice that your energy levels are down, and  that you just can’t sleep properly. This is a result of stress.

Your increased stress levels, is the same things that allowed you to get run down. Because you are feeling tired, you do not handle situations as well as you usually would. Getting enough rest is a key to managing your stress levels.
Stressors are items in your environment that cause you to feel stressed out. They add to your tiredness and drain your body of energy. This is a vicious circle that becomes a never ending one.

To manage your stress you need to get enough sleep, and learn how to relax your body. How many times have you stayed up at night, just because you can’t get certain things out of your mind? These are your stressors – the things you have to learn to let go off.

Practical ways to manage stress include listening to soothing music. Soothing music can be especially helpful if you have trouble falling asleep. Turn off all lights but a candle light in your bedroom, and listen to some soft music, and then set the radio or disc player to auto shut, off after about an hour.

Another great way of learning how to relax your body is to soak in a hot bath, or to take a warm shower. Going for a massage can help to; this is great if your muscles feel stiff and knotted.

Your stress levels can also be kept down getting enough exercises on a regular basis. A particularly useful way for helping you relax, and sleep better at night, is exercise, such as yoga, walking and swimming.

To disallow stress to have you running around in circles is your goal. If your stress levels are super high then look for a reason, then take action to minimize your levels. At work, you may have too much on your plate – or you may find that you never spend any time on yourself.

Your family needs you to stay healthy, and remember you are important to them. It is possible to find ways to manage your stress, and keep those levels at bay.

Stop the things that allowed you to get run down, and gave you increased stress levels.

Stress All around You

Some of the first signs of stress in your life are health related

Stress, known as “the silent killer”, and it definitely creeps up on you without warning. So how do you know if you have too much stress in your life?

Anxiety and HeadacheStress can affect your body; your muscles start to ache for no reason, and you suffer from headaches. Your mental focus is altered, as well. Your concentration levels drop and your interest in certain things disappear. Plus your overall enjoyment of life decreases.

It is crucial to be aware of these symptoms, and to take action. Stress is just the first step on a road that potentially could lead to things like suffering from a heart attack, or having to deal with anxiety or depression.

The problem is that stress is everywhere. You have to deal with everyday stress in your life. This includes the normal running around of preparing for work each day, getting your kids off to school and taking care of your home. All before you have even had a chance to do something nice for yourself!

At work you are pressured to get your job done on time, you may be asked to work extra hours, or take on additional tasks when someone is sick or on vacation. You oblige as you don’t want to be a whiner, but all this does is increase your stress levels.

It is vital that you learn how to say no. You want to make an effort to get some ‘me time’. Take 30 minutes a day where you do nothing but focus on yourself! Without that, you could be on the road to health issues, both mental and physical.

On top of this, anxiety jumps out at you from the television, on the internet and even in newspapers. You have read about tragic events that can be upsetting. You may feel pressured into needing to buy a better car, or to get the newest Smartphone that just was released.

When you think about all of these things, no wonder you feel as though you are living in a whirlwind. Start today and make a point of finding some small way of spending just a few minutes on you!
Unplug, unwind and relax.

Is Stress Normal?

Can we call any nature of stress “normal”?

This article was first posted on BipolarMentalHealth.com.

Your body has a natural defence system and does what it has to defend itself as and when necessary. This is known as “the fight or flight reaction” and is often associated with situations of fear.

Stress seems to be an unwanted attribute, but is it actually normal?

When this response kicks into gear, your body reacts in different ways. Then you may find that you become more energetic, alert and focused. Some people may find that they become frightened and truly just want to run away.

Positive Stress CycleThe fight or flight response is a way that your body deals with stress, as well. Too much stress can put strain on you both mentally and physically while a certain amount of stress is actually healthy. A woman’s body experiences a good stress when going through child-birth. While the body is under pressure, and the woman is experiencing a multitude of emotions, the outcome is a good one. The birth of a new child.

Stress becomes a problem when the cause of the stress is extreme. Your body reacts by producing a variety of symptoms. These include things such as headaches, muscle spasms, back pain, anxiety, loss of appetite or increased appetite, mood swings and an upset stomach.

Stress LevelSome people are able to manage their stress to a higher level. This boils down to how you deal with different circumstances, your attitude, your support network and your own current state of health. People who are suffering from a chronic illness tend to have much lower tolerances to stress.

So while stress is a normal bodily reaction, it is imperative to know when your stress levels are too high. You will know when it is time to take action once you know how you react to stress.

You need to know how to take control of your life and reduce your stress levels. This means learning how to say no, when necessary. You don’t have to be a super hero and no-one is asking you to be one.

Instead learn how to balance your professional and private lives and ensure that you schedule in time for yourself regularly. While anyone can become stressed out, those people who have demanding jobs seem to be at a much higher risk. Do not be afraid to ask for time off or to refuse to work an extra shift, your health depends on it.

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Easy Ways to Deal with Stress

It is extremely hard to avoid stress these days

Stress Killed the CatYou have to deal with stress at home, with your children, at work and possibly even with an aging family member. While you may not be able to escape the stress entirely, there are ways that you can deal with stress. Finding simple solutions to reduce your stress levels is critical. Otherwise, if you allow stress to build up, your health can suffer. Use the following easy tips to lower your stress levels on a regular basis.

Walking – this is the perfect way to reduce your stress. Just getting outside and enjoy nature and fresh air, can do wonders for you. You don’t have to go far to walk outdoors. Find a local park or walk down by a river or beach. You may enjoy going for a solitary walk, or you may find walking with your spouse relaxing.

Moving at work – there is no denying that your job is a huge cause of stress. Make a point of getting up from your desk and moving around. Walk to the bathroom and splash cold water on your face. Take a walk and get a drink of water. Try to get up at least once an hour and move around. Even stretching at your desk is a good way to reduce stress.

Stress balls – these small balls can do wonders for you mentally and physically. As you become stressed your muscles start to tighten. If you suddenly seem to get more neck, shoulder and back pain, it could be due to stress. Use a stress ball to massage your hands and relax your muscles.

Controlled breathing – learning how to perform deep breathing exercises can significantly help to reduce stress. This is particularly useful at work, if you are suddenly placed into a stressful situation, you can reduce your stress and tension by breathing deeply for a few minutes.

Sleep – go to bed a little earlier so that you can get enough sleep. Sleep helps to restore your body and relaxes your muscles. When you don’t sleep enough, or your sleep is poor, you wake up feeling tired and anxious. You really want to feel refreshed and re-energized each morning, so aim for seven to eight hours sleep each night.
By learning to take action when you are feeling stressed, your stress levels will remain much lower. (comparing positive stress to negative stress)

This means that you will start feeling better more quickly and that you won’t be carrying your burdens with you for days on end.

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The Age of Anxiousness

We appear to have entered the Age of anxiousness…

We’re living in extremely trying, and hard times and matters don’t seem to be getting any easier. Occasionally life may seem terribly painful and unjust, yet for some reason we manage to battle on, daily, hoping and praying that matters will soon get better.

The world seems to be a more stressful, crazier and less settled place to live in. Nothing appears safe any longer. Millions of individuals are in record levels of debt. Several are losing their jobs, their homes, their wellness and occasionally even their sanity. Bipolarity, depression and anxiety, seams to have become a way of life for way too many individuals.

Many problemsWe appear to have entered the Age of anxiousness. The ceaseless stress and doubts of living in the 21st century have for sure taken their toll. Switch on the news or open a paper and we’re bombarded with distressing images and stories. We start to wonder if we’re safe anyplace. In this, the info age, never before have we had such access to so much information.

Another stressor is the economic system. A lot of Americans are in debt and so is our country. Lofty gas prices, exorbitant housing costs, even the cost of food has sent a lot of Americans to work in jobs that are disappointing and frustrating. They work these jobs as they require a paycheck.

Now, instead of work in a dream career, it’s more crucial to bring home the bacon.

Having more women in the workplace adds to the tension. Numerous women feel they have to be everything to everybody, and that includes a paycheck earner, home keeper, mother, wife, daughter, and sibling. The only trouble with that is a few women just don`t make any time for themselves, therefore, contributing to their stress levels representing an all-time high.

Even youngsters may feel the pressure of stress and anxiety. Adolescents who want to go to college discover themselves pushing themselves during their studies to attempt and get scholarships so they may attend schools that have ever increased tuition prices.

On top of all that, they discover themselves having to hold down part- time jobs to make money for extras that their parents can no more afford. Add peer pressure into the mixture and you’ve got a veritable pressure cooker! Cells, internet, palm pilots, blackberries, and i-pods – we’re always on the go and forever approachable.  We don’t make time to unwind and enjoy life any longer. Why not? We surely should!

If stress is induced by us not feeling in control of a state of affairs, the answer is to attempt and reverse this, and find that control.

The good news is: you are able to! You’ve everything inside you that you require to overcome your stress and the accompanying anxiety. The issue is, as we feel so out of control at the time, that we often don’t realize it. But the tools are there you simply have to use them.

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Dealing with Stress and Coping in the 21st Century

Modern day life is so fast paced that it leads to increasing episodes of stress.

It is quite common for each one of us to experience stress, be it the workplace or at home. While it is not possible to eliminate stress altogether, we can survive by changing our response to stressing and how we deal with it.

Nervous and StressedWhen you are constantly under pressure, not only are you facing mental strain, but your body also become dysfunctional and suffer physically. Stress might have antagonistic effects on your health and your general health might go south. You might be easily affected by hypertension, heart ailments and problems like diabetes, eating disorders, etc.

For this reason, it is essential to get pressure head on and deal with it and head to reduce stress levels. Let us now learn a few steps to help control and cope with stress.

Understand the Cause for Stress

Many people worry for anything and everything. Sometimes they do not even realize they are worrying and are getting stressed out. If you are feeling stressed, understand why you are feeling stressed. Sometimes the cause is so trivial that you will understand that you need not be stressed for that cause. So, by understanding the cause for stress, you may be able to eliminate the stress altogether.

Forget Your Worries

Sometimes it is essential to let go of everything and forget your worries. Find something else to do so that you are not worrying. Find time to pursue a hobby, go on a vacation, play a sport, sing if you can, etc are some of the ways that people try to eliminate stress and cope with it.

Do not fret about Things you have any Control Over

Some people are stressed because of some general occurrence such as a calamity, the traffic situation while driving, how your local team performed in the annual meet, etc. Understand that this is a situation where you have no say and avoid getting stressed due to such reasons.

Healthy Food Can Reduce StressEat Right

Stress can cause severe disturbances to eating habits. While some might skip meals altogether, others might tend to overeat. Eat right! This is essential to help you cope up with stress and be able to deal with it.

Exercise will help you relieve stress as this is a major stress buster. Not only will it help eliminate stress, it will also help you overcome problems associated with stress like hypertension, heart ailments, diabetes, etc.

In the course of our everyday life stress is a serious problem that each and everyone. It is possible to alter the way we react to stress and thus not get into many health problems that are associated with increased stress, although we cannot eliminate stress from our lives.