Research indicates that not all stress is bad for our health. We need a certain amount of "good" stress to keep us motivated and focused on goals. In fact, some people work better under stressful conditions. However, the danger is when there is too much stress in a person's life. Too much stress is converted into "bad" stress, which can create health issues such as heart attacks,high blood pressure, and anxiety. Take note of your body's warning signs. Here are some ways to reduce the "bad" forms of stress.
Often times we are so consumed by our stress, that we may not be aware of what it is. Try sitting down for a few minutes and creating a list of current stressors in your life. Rate them from 1-10. One being the worst(really stressed out) and 10 being the best (not stressed out). Once your stressors are identified, proceed with reducing or eliminating those "bad" stressors from your life permanently.
The reason why we react to stress is not only due to the flight or fight theory,it is also because we have not learned how to deal with it. Have you ever noticed that some people are more prone to "melt downs" than others? Start changing the way you react to stress by taking time to think about what is creating your stressors. Do not react, as this creates more stress. (yes, I know this is difficult) Once you take the time and calmly reflect on the source of your stress, you can then work on solutions in a more calm and rational manner.
There are so many people still living in the past. They just refuse to let go. I am sure you know a few. However, holding on to past stressors does nothing to change your life. You are crippled by fear. Let go of the past and move on, that is the only to truly heal.
Everyone seems to have a vice, if we look around, society shows us this on tv. Are you stressed? Have a drink or two? Do you have pain from your stress? Take a pill. We are simply consumed by unhealthy vices. We can however, replace these unhealthy vices with healthy ones. For example, instead of drinking a bottle of Bourbon when your stressed, how about some chamomile or lavendar tea. If you don't care for tea take a brisk walk or exercise. The point is, don't add to your stress by adding something else that can potentially create more problems.
Meditation does wonders for the soul. It does not matter what your faith is. Meditation has been proven to calm individuals and help them regain focus.
This list is of course, not extensive and I am sure you can think of a few other stress reducers. Do what ever it is that works for you, just as long as it is not creating more harm to your body.
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