Do you feel stress is one of the main factors of your poor mental and physical health?
Well, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. Half of all adults say they experienced a major stressful event in the past year. And this is not surprising; our present environment has tons of factors which could potentially give us heaps of stress.
Here are just a few examples;
- financial difficulties
- hectic schedules
- problems at home
- pressure from your boss
- an unhealthy lifestyle
- poor living conditions
- excessive demands of society to meet expectations
Stress is caused by the way you respond to the external and internal environment. People react to them in different ways. What may be stressful to you may be a challenge or a mere inconvenience to others.
Psychologists have identified a pattern in the way people react to excessive stress or the flight-or-fight response. This accounts for a display of either hostility or passivity from people who do not adapt well to their environment. They may also experience sleep disturbances and headaches, nervousness, anxiety, and changes in eating habits.
The changes in behaviors and the physical symptoms can lead to more stressful situations. Problems may erupt at work, at home or at schools and therefore, our relationships with others can be severely strained.
To help people cope with stress and prevent stress-induced problems from turning into full-blown medical problems, stress management is gaining a significant following among psychologists and other medical practitioners.
Stress management programs encompass a multitude of techniques designed to equip people to cope effectively with stressful situations. This can be as simple as practicing the concept of mind over matter, although a healthy dose of physical health is thrown into the mix.
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Your psychological make-up will largely determine how you react to things. Often, the trouble is people create the stress themselves by their inability to react appropriately. For example, most people have a low level of tolerance to criticisms but they display reactions to them in different ways. Some will be defensive and take them personally, lose sleep over them. Others are more reflective, taking time to analyze whether there might actually be some merit to the criticisms.
People who are most prone to stress are those who have tenuous hold on their emotions. If you see your environment in a negative light and have low self-confidence you are bound to increase your stress levels. Often you might not be able to think clearly because of an unhealthy lifestyle or bad habits. Do you party late into the night on weekends and then report for work all messed up?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with partying hard sometimes, but moderation is crucial. Plus, if you have eaten right all week, got lots of exercise and sleep, then you will be in a better position to cope with a night to Eden.
But if you slob out all week, your work situation will be very stressful when job deadlines are held-up. Even then actual stress sets in only when the offenders see the situation as something they cannot cope up with.
Stress management techniques are varied enough to offer specific cures for specific stress-problems. Stress induced depression probably will require a program that is designed and administered by an experienced psychologist or psychotherapist. But other symptoms may require equally simple solutions.
Stress coming from strained office relationships can be eliminated by conflict resolution sessions among co-employees to iron out problem situations. Exercise and meditation are good stress management techniques that can be carried out on your own. You might laugh at meditation but you should give it a try. Meditation can help your mind to focus not just on spiritual things but what you want out of life. Meditation can provide inner strength in facing difficulties in your life. Rock hard boxers meditate to condition their minds for crucial fights. So please don’t think meditation is only for pansies.
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