We all get stressed from time to time, it is completely normal. If you have a job, children, bills to pay, pets or countless other things going on in your life – there will always be stress. It’s when the the stress becomes overwhelming and starts to weigh you down that you may need to seek new ways to manage it.
What is Stress?
Stress is a mental state of tension or strain. There are so many factors in your life than can cause stress. It is different for everyone. It’s hard to say what exactly causes stress because there can be so many different triggers for everyone. The most important thing is to learn what your triggers are and to learn how to deal with them in a healthy way.
When you become overwhelmingly stressed, ignoring it can cause so many side affects on your mental and physical state. You may not realize that some of the issues you are having
are in fact stress related. Here are some side affects of stress that you may be suffering from, but never linked it back to the stress:
- Weight gain
- Lower libido
- Jaw pain
- Sickness (cold, flu, stomach aches)
- Heart problems
How to Manage Stress
Stress management is a very important part of self care. You can’t avoid stress completely but there are a lot of ways to help manage it. Of course, these will be different for everybody but here are some common tips to work on your stress management:
- Eat healthy – changing your eating habits can work wonders for your body, both physically and mentally. Eating healthier can make you feel better and lower stress levels.
- Exercise – No matter the length or level of exercise, getting out and moving is almost guaranteed to increase your mood. Whether its a 20 minute walk around your neighbourhood or even having a dance party in your living room!
- Sleep/rest – getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and mental health! It will help with getting you through the day with enough energy and decrease stress.
- Don’t be hard on yourself – This is so important when dealing with stress. There are so many things in life that are out of our control, so why waste time being hard on yourself about everything? Meditation and self affirmations are a great way to help train your brain to think differently about things that may be causing stress.
- Take time for yourself – as mentioned earlier, practicing self care is extremely
important, this is different for everyone, but find what makes you happy. Puzzles, reading, taking a hot bath, curling up and watching your favourite movie – whatever brings down your stress!
- Counselling – Seeking help to help manage stress is a great way to learn new techniques about the way you think and also be held accountable for that changes you want to make.