How Can We
Cope With Stress? Posted: 10-12-2005 | Views: 2 Author:
is a huge problem today and can result in serious illnesses if not managed
properly. How can you cope with stress?
One of the most important steps to take when trying to deal with stress is
identifying the cause of your stress. Stress exists when certain problems,
wether physical or psychological, keep the body on alert all the time. Often
times just identifying the source of the stress can make the stress disappear.
The rest of the article will focus on how to cope with stresses that you may
face in life.
Adapt To It
Many people try earnestly to get away from what produces the stresses in life.
They may end up moving away to try to escape the stressing conditions, such as
working in a busy, noisy city.
While that may help to reduce your stress levels, it is not always the most
effective or needed thing to do. For example if you get really stressed sitting
in bumper to bumper traffic, leaving a little earlier or later might help to
reduce the stress of being stuck in traffic. By adapting to the this it will
help you gain confidence that you are in control of your life, which is an
important thing to help cope with stress.
Raising children can often be very stressful for parents, especially when the
children are out of control. What may be needed to decrease the stress from this
source is to establish firm and consistent guidelines for the children to live
by. After adapting guidelines for children many parents often feel a huge sigh
What if noise is causing you too much stress in your life? If you are at your
house you could close a door to reduce the noise coming from the other rooms in
the house. If the source is external, perhaps closing the window and drapes will
help to dampen the noise. Ear plugs can also be an effective form to drown out
the noise. Make sure your surroundings are pleasant by making sure the area you
are in is neat and clean, this often helps in relieving stress as well.
While this may help to reduce the stress you are facing it will not likely
eliminate the stress all together. But even if it helps just a tad, you will be
Talk It Out
Bottling up your stress inside is not healthy for you. Think of how much more
relieved you will feel if you get it off your chest by confiding in a friend who
you love and trust. Your friend may be able to give you helpful advise. It is
only natural for us to reflect our problems inward, but you wont be any less of
a person if you discuss your troubles with a trusted friend. You may be able to
benefit from the practical suggestions of a friend as well as bring yourself
Regular physical exercise can be beneficial to help you burn all the extra
sugars and fat in the bloodstream caused by stress. This will help counteract
the effects of stress and help to restore your body to a balances state.
If you don't particularly like exercising try finding something you are
interested, perhaps a sport. If you don't like sports exercise anyway! If you do
this you will feel better, especially if you make it a daily routine.
Rather than taking the car to do your errands, if the place is close enough try
taking a brisk walk. This might help you to "burn off stress."
It is proper to find balance between work and recreation. While both have their
place, too much of one or the other can cause stress in your life, so therefore
it is very important to find a balance between these too.
Many of us hate it, especially getting up in the morning. But work is not an
evil plague out to get us. It is beneficial to be active and productive, and it
helps that the fact earning a living allows us to place.
When you are working be sure to regularly take a few moments to relieve the
stress of work. Perhaps getting up and stretching or walking around the office,
if permitted, can help relieve the tense feelings in your muscles, which will
reduce the buildup of stress.
Make sure that your life is not dominated by work. Many people do this and are
very stressed out because of the place their job has taken in their life. Make
sure you make time for relaxation as well. Perhaps you have a hobby that you
enjoy that will divert your thinking away from your stresses.
Sleep Is Vital
Many people today stay up really late, perhaps enjoying a cup of coffee with a
friend, or watching late night TV that they say helps them to unwind. But
whatever claimed relaxation they are getting from that outweighs the deep sleep
that they need to really help unwind. Sleep deficiency is a stress on the body
and mind and makes stresses in life even more difficult to cope with.
Sleep allows your body to repair itself. So if you are a stress victim try
getting more sleep, and try going to sleep at the same time and form a habit out
Changing Your Viewpoint
Often time our mental attitude is enough to make us stressed out. How do you
view life and the problems that you are facing? If you are always so negative
about things, it is only natural to assume that you will feel negative.
Learn to evaluate the your life’s priorities. Perhaps you have a new social
gathering to go to, or are having a baby. Whatever it may be take the time out
to think about how you are going to cope with the stresses involved, and how
important they really are to your life. An evaluation such as this will help you
realize your priorities and the limitations you should live by which in turn
will help you be a much happier person.
Will It End?
Stress today is unavoidable no matter how we live or how happy we are. There are
just so many things that can cause stress. So you much learn to accept it, and
cope with it when it does arise.
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May 16, 2006