Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of your day-to-day life; such as an increased workload, a transitional period, an argument you have with your family or new and existing financial worries. Stress is part of being human, and you may find it has a cumulative effect, with each stressor building on top of one another. Stress can also help motivate you to get things done.
Reasons for Stress
When we “feel stressed” our brains and bodies trigger a series of adaptations to deal with threat. We are preparing to react to danger by fighting, running, or hiding. This biological system is higher effective for coping with certain threats, such as tiger stalking you in the jungle. You don’t negotiate with tigers. You don’t innovate. If you want to survive, you will like heck, or hope you have got a big sharp stick handy.
Here are Tips to Manage Stress;
1. Listen to Music
If you are feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try taking a break and listening to relaxing music. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and can reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
2. Talk it Out with a Friend
When you are feeling stressed, take a break to call a friend and talk about your problems. Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle; especially when you are under a lot of stress. A reassuring voice, even for a minute, can put everything in perspective.
3. Eat Right
Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. When we are overwhelmed, we often forgot to eat well and resort to using sugary, and fatty snack foods. Try to avoid sugary snacks and plan ahead. Fruits and vegetables are always good, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress. A tuna sandwich really is brain food.
4. Laugh it Off
Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tricks your nervous system into making you happy.
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