Take it Easy, Don’t Stress!

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I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.

-Steve Maraboli

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Stress, anxiety, fear – the three dreadful words that pave the way between who you are and who you can be. The world today is, undoubtedly, extremely competitive. Each one of us, and I mean each one, is trying to fight it out and push back to establish themselves among the others, to prove themselves and to get to the top; that’s where everyone wants to be. While it is certainly a good thing to be this competitive and to possess the will to work hard and live up to one’s potential, we however fail to realize sometimes that in the midst of all this, we lose ourselves. We get carried away and we begin neglecting ourselves. The result: we end up falling preys to health issues, not only physical but psychological and that can be far more dangerous.

Considering the simple fact that a lot of psychological disorders are not as noticeable as the physical ones, we may not even come to understand as to how and when we become prone them. Disorders such as stress are overlooked most of the times and may lead to other disorders such as anxiety, fear, paranoia, depression, etc. These psychological disorders have a way of making their way into our minds slowly, and only increase in magnitude over time until we finally make the decision to come to terms with them and do something to cure them. Accepting that you do in fact have a problem in the first place requires a lot of patience, strength and the will to understand how it happened what the next step should be.

This article is intended to help people acquire some knowledge about one of the most common and aggravating disorders such as stress in order to enable them to notice early symptoms and find a suitable way to go about them before the problem gets out of hand.

Stress

Stress is not unknown to anybody. We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt it. We’ve all been affected by the impact it creates at some point in our lives. It is also very well known that stress can cause an imbalance in one’s physical as well mental functioning leading to commotion, mood swings, depression and insomnia and can even disrupt one’s ability to concentrate. Turning to drugs, alcohol and smoking may make you feel relaxed and comfortable for a short time but in the long run, it is bound to make the stress worse and lead to other, far more dangerous diseases such as high blood pressure, chest pain, chronic headaches, etc.

Although a certain amount of stress in the workplace is only a positive indicator that keeps you motivated and encourages you to perform better in all your ventures, the problem arises when you forget to draw the line and can’t seem to understand as to when how much is too much. Gradually, over a period of time, stress, if not monitored in time, may lead to other forms of psychological disorders that may be greater in impact and magnitude and may even end up affecting one’s health, happiness and lifestyle.

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Symptoms

  • Loss of energy.
  • Forgetfulness, poor concentration, frequent headaches.
  • Frequent intake of alcohol, drugs; smoking.
  • Overreacting to small inconveniences.
  • Increased susceptibility to cold and other infections.
  • Unreasonable weight loss or weight gain.
  • A nagging feeling of constant fatigue and tiredness.
  • Body and muscle aches.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Mood swings.

 

Stress Management

  • Listen to your favourite music. A big no-no to sad, gloomy, depressing songs. Happy music will help you relax a little and take the pressure off, whatever it may be.
  • Try to take out some time for a hobby. Hobbies are the best way to channelize the stress that you’re going through in a creative, constructive manner. Plus, they bring about a certain sense of achievement and accomplishment at the end which helps you feel better and more confident about yourself.
  • Exercise! One of the most amazingly effectual ways of reducing and minimizing stress levels and is also one of the best ways of treating insomnia.
  • Eat healthy, because…well, you are what you eat. By that logic, it is pretty obvious that if you eat right, you are well nourished and hence, capable of handling stressful situations with more ease than the others.
  • Encourage yourself to think positive. No matter what the situation, try to think of it more objectively instead of stressing over it and coach yourself to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Thinking positively will help you make rational decisions, even in the most stressful situations, leaving you feel more confident and at peace with yourself.
  • And most importantly, learn to deal with it. Counsel yourself and practice relaxation techniques regularly in order to be able to deal with tension and come to terms with stressful situations. Remember that stress won’t just go away. You have to learn to get over it and that’ll only happen over time with a little effort and a lot of patience.

 

Stress is a mere retaliation to the various stimuli around you; very normal. While it is true that it is not in your hands to be able to control the factors that are responsible that cause you stress, how you deal with yourself and how you react in a stressful situation depends solely on you. Realizing that you have a problem is the first and foremost step to taking action. Remember that your health is the most important aspect of your life. It can either make you or break you. In order to be able to do well and achieve all your goals, it is mandatory for you not to neglect your health and it is always better to take precautions and treat the problem while you still can instead of being sorry later.