stressed?

4 methods to minimize stress in your life.

Self-reflection – this looks different for everyone and can come in the form of meditation, journaling, writing, playing music. Any form of outlet you find relaxing. Make it a priority to do.

Exercise – believe it or not, exercise releases endorphins in your brain and nervous system. These endorphins reduce the sensitivity to pain receptors in the brain. The trick with exercise is you must find something you enjoy doing otherwise it is not sustainable long-term. If you like doing CrossFit, do CrossFit.  If you like Jiu-Jitsu, do it! Whether it running or tennis, or whatever else keeps you busy, breaks a sweat and gets the heart rate up, then do that. The point here is to relieve stress, not create more.

Social structure – friends and family are a great resource for coping with stress.  Tools like Facetime, Skype, and snapchat allow for faster communication with friends and family around the world. Remember, sometimes our closets friends sometimes have fur and four legs.

Time management  Stress often comes down to not being able to meet expectations. Plan our time accordingly. Make daily to-do lists that involve long-term and short-term goals. Then give your short-term goals, short-term goals. Remember, goals can range from the next several years to the coming hours.

 

Stress can be good

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Stress Management

The first two are pretty common. Walk into any commercial gym, sporting good store, or vitamin shop and you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of diet and exercises products. Not surprisingly, diet and exercise have long been the proven keys to the ignition of optimal health, and they are highly important.

However, there is an often overlooked third key. One that, in my opinion, could be the most important one of them all. Stress management.

Stress can, and will, kill you if you let it slide by unchecked.

Stress is a primitive response passed down from our earliest ancestors. Stress can be both useful or dangerous.

As a useful response, stress can warn you when other animals are trying to kill you. Stress is dangerous to our health when we let it affect our social life, sleep patterns, and relationships.

Eustress is typically considered good, or healthy forms of stress.  This type of stress is sometimes referred to as micro stressors, or stressors involved with everyday tasks. This type of stress usually involves some form of personal growth when the challenge at hand is neither too difficult nor too easy.

Distress, on the other hand, is negative. This type of stress is normally considered a threat to your quality of life. Distress is brought on when the demand greatly exceeds the capability. Death, divorce, injury, abuse are examples of distress.

Understand, stress is common to all living organisms. Plants, animals, and humans all experience varying degrees of stress. Although we can never fully remove stress from our lives, we can learn to recognize and cope with stress.

 

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