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12 Ways to deal with Stress

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Stress isn’t always bad, but when it becomes too much such as chronic stress, or occur too often, then it now becomes a problem.

Stress is basically the human body responding to demands or threats.

Stress can be good as it helps to protect us in times of danger. It can also be good when there are challenges such as studying for an exam, doing a stage performance, etc.

However, if stress is prolonged, too frequent, and left untreated then there can be long lasting negative effects such as depression, autoimmune diseases, eczema, weight problems, and so on.

How to identify excessive stress

Being able to detect when you are or someone is having too much stress isn’t easy. This is because it is a response that can happen to anyone without notice, and then it may become a normal part of your life.

Symptoms and signs of too much stress

Some of the symptoms and signs of excessive stress are:

  • Having problems remembering things more often than usual;
  • Being unhappy;
  • Going beyond the usual amount of alcohol consumption;
  • Having more aches and pains;
  • Making poor judgements;
  • Feeling dizzy on a regular basis;
  • Having more or less sleep;
  • And being moody or angry more often.

What causes stress?

Stress is caused by stressors, which are anything that will make the body respond to demands or threats, such as a terrible relationship, buying a house, pessimistic thinking, etc.

Nevertheless, stress is different for each individual. So what might be stress for you, might not be stress for another. In fact, while some people may suffer from stress, others may thrive from it.

The Holmes and Rahe stress scale has identified ten (10) major stressful life events that can contribute to illness:

  1. Death of spouse
  2. Divorce
  3. Marriage separation
  4. Imprisonment
  5. Death of a close family member
  6. Injury or illness
  7. Marriage
  8. Job loss
  9. Marriage reconciliation
  10. Retirement

When is stress too much?

Stress is too much when there are negative impacts to you on a regular basis or over an extended period of time.

How to deal with excessive stress

  1. Learn how to deal with stress such as joining a program or a group that assist in handling stress; reading a book that helps to deal with stress such as Organic Health: Transform your health and achieve your goals organically, participate in workshops and seminars on coping with stress, etc.
  2. Have a good supportive network of friends and family whom you can depend on in times of need such as babysitting your child when you have an exam to study for, etc.
  3. If you are able to determine when you need help and when you can take care of the situation on your own, then you should be able to deal with stressful situations such as planting seedlings in your backyard yourself, but getting help to plant trees if they are much bigger and heavier within a specific time frame.
  4. If you are more optimistic than pessimistic about life challenges, or you try to see the good in what is happening, then you are more likely to cope with or reduce stress.
  5. Also, if you are able to remain calm in most situations, then it will help you to deal with stress.
  6. Knowing what you are doing and preparing for it can help to avoid or reduce stress. For example, if you are to leave early enough to reach somewhere, then you won’t have to rush or even get stuck in traffic jams.
  7. Exercising or just keeping your body moving helps in managing or reducing stress. This can be done such as walking your dog, using the stairs instead of the escalator, etc.
  8. Staying in contact with friends and family can help to cope with stress, especially if done face to face as it has been recorded as being able to calm the nervous system.
  9. You can use your senses to deal with stress. Our five (5) senses are tasting (gustation), feeling (somatosensation), smelling (olfaction), hearing (audition) and seeing (vision). For example, if listening to music keeps you calm and relaxed then listen to music. If reading a book such as Organic Health: Transform your health and achieve your goals organically helps to reduce and manage your stress, then read it and practice the suggestions or activities given.
  10. Being able to relax can help in dealing with stress. So go ahead, have that warm shower; do your yoga or meditation, etc.
  11. Obviously, eating organic food will have health benefits such as helping to reduce stress, especially if your consumption includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  12. Getting enough rest appears to be evasive for many today but it is just as important. So get enough rest as it does help to reduce stress and refreshes you.