Stress is a factor of modern life and although it has negative connotations, stress is not always a bad thing. It can, for example, help you to meet deadlines, achieve goals and perform when under pressure.However, if it is a constant factor in your life it can be debilitating and can actually produce physical effects like high blood pressure.
Stress takes many forms, it can refer to simple everyday worries, mental anguish, and family strain; it can refer to pain associated with an illness, life crises, or any other life pressure. Many of us experience day-to-day stress and generally we cope with it well. However, when stress builds up it can become debilitating, seriously affecting how we live our lives and interact with our family and friends.
There are several steps one can take, both physical and mental, to mitigate against stress and one of the most important is communicating with others. Sharing your stressful experience with people you know and trust can be beneficial as it helps you to rationalize the experience and perhaps even get some useful advice. Writing in a diary about the stressful situation and the reasons for making you stressed can have similar benefits while attending classes aimed at building self-esteem and self-confidence can be helpful.
Stimulants can, of course, increase feelings of stress so it is better to avoid drinks that are high in caffeine. Eating sensibly will also make you feel better about yourself and regular exercise elevates mood by releasing feel-good endorphins into the blood stream. Similarly, mental and physical exercise can help with relaxation and just participating in activities that you like will help you feel better.
However, none of these methods can replace professional medical care. If you are concerned about your stress and anxiety, see your doctor. And remember, it’s your life, your future, Your Health First.