3 Steps To Managing Stress

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Stress is typically defined as ‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension that is caused by difficult or demanding circumstances.

Stress can therefore manifest itself in a physical or emotional form and it often has debilitating effects on people’s lives.

Many people experience stress including parents, employers, employees and young adults. Studies have even found that children are now experiencing higher levels of stress than in previous years.

Stress is harmful because it creates a ‘fight or flight’ existence where your body and constantly seek extreme ways to survive through difficult periods. This is often why people experience migraines, body pains, excessive levels of hunger and emotional fragility when they’re stressed. Stress can also manifest itself through weight gain, weight loss, medical conditions and depression.

While stress is very common, it’s also reversible and if handled properly, it shouldn’t have a persistent affect on your lifestyle or well being.

If you or someone you know has experienced stress at any point, here are three steps you can follow to help eradicate it.

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Step 1. Identify what is causing the stress.

Are you overworked? Have you taken on a new project that is really tiring? Perhaps you haven’t had a holiday in several years or that you just don’t have enough time for you. Think and pinpoint what exactly is causing the stress. In doing so you’ll have a far greater chance of overcoming stress forever.

Step 2. Schedule time for you.

Because many of us live busy lifestyles it can be difficult for us to fit time in for taking care of ourselves. However, it’s vital for our health and well being that we fit time in for ourselves. The best way to get time for self-care is by scheduling it in. For instance, take one day of each weekend to pamper yourself, catch up with friends or read your favourite books.

Step 3. Exercise.

Working out might not be on your top list of priorities but it will work wonders for reducing your stress levels. Research has shown that individuals who exercise regularly have a far greater ability to manage and relieve stress than those who don’t exercise on a consistent basis. Exercise might seem like a burden or it might even seem like something that will make your stress levels worse but in fact it will aid in clearing your mind, strengthening your body and keeping your stress levels low. To get started with exercise, try walking up a flight of stairs a few times a day or going for a 30 minute daily walk.

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As mentioned above, stress is manageable and it can be prevented and even eliminated if you commit to making small but effective lifestyle changes.