Living in one of the busiest cities in the world it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it was not until I succumbed to my daily stress and literally crashed and burned that I realized how much stress that I was really under. Stress can be positive, as it can be motivating and encourage us to reach our full potential. This post is about the other stress, the one that leaves us fatigued, irritable, with poor concentration and in long term wreak havoc in our bodies.
Chronic stress has been linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, headaches and anxiety/depression.
Here are five things that are an absolute must in order to reduce your stress.
Identify the cause
The first step in managing the stress is to identify the root. Take note on your thoughts throughout the day. Take note on what and who causes negative changes in your mood and thought process.
2. Set up a routine
Reduce the number of decisions you need to make by using routines. If there’s something you need to do every day, do it at the same time every day. Have a routine for preparing for your next morning the night before. For example picking out your clothes the night before, or even deciding on what you are going to have for breakfast will make your morning smoother, and give you an extra few minutes on shut eye.
3. Build stronger relationships
Believe or not our relationships can be a major source of stress. Having negative, hostile relationships can also lead to depression/anxiety. Stress leads to increase cortisol a hormone responsible for glucose production which is then converted into fat. Having positive and close relationships with friends and family that you are able to reach out to will help alleviate your burden. They may be able to offer practical assistance and support, useful ideas or just a fresh perspective as you begin to tackle whatever’s causing your stress.
4. Take time out
Set aside at least 4hrs a week for yourself. Whether you are a busy mom a provider in a busy psychiatric emergency room such as myself, it is imperative that you have time set aside just for you. How you spend that time is up to and can range from sleep, spa, manicure or diving into a good book. Research shows that activities like yoga and relaxation exercises not only help reduce stress, but also boost immune functioning.
5. Know when to Get help
Sometimes, these may not be enough. If after taking time out for yourself, long vacations, you are still feeling stressed, sad, irritable, unable to concentrate, or experiencing insomnia it may be necessary to contact a mental health professional who can help you learn how to manage stress effectively. He or she can help you identify situations or behaviors that contribute to your chronic stress and then develop a treatment plan in helping you manage your stress. There is absolutely nothing wrong with consulting with a professional.
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Edited by Kevin Khan RPAC