Causes of Stress and How to Manage Them
For many of us, stress is a common aspect of life. From traffic, deadlines at work, to finances, and just not having enough time in the day to do all we want, stress is everywhere. The way we feel stress can be varied, but the effects it has on our lives are definitively negative. A number of emotional and physical disorders like depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system instability have been linked to stress. While we may not be able to completely get rid of stress, managing and lowering the stresses in our lives can result in great benefits in our daily happiness and health.
Causes of Stress
There are many reasons we feel stressed, but some of the biggest causes are:
1) Family stress like deaths, health issues, and raising children.
2) Work stress like job demands, workload, and disharmonious relationships with colleagues.
3) Financial stress like credit issues, loans, bills, and feelings of insecurity of your financial future.
Even if you have some of the causes of stress in your life listed above, there are steps you can take to manage stress and prevent it from affecting your happiness and health. Some of the best things you can do to ease stress include exercise, finding ways to relax your body, and deep breathing and meditation.
When we exercise our bodies release endorphins, chemicals in our brain that are correlated to feelings of euphoria and lowered feelings of pain. Exercise is also a healthy way to release anxious energy and can improve sleep.
Relaxing the Body
When we are stressed our muscles can accumulate tension and cause us to be sore. By stretching, taking a warm bath or shower, or getting a massage we can loosen these muscles and physically feel more relaxed.
Deep Breathing and Meditation
More and more studies show the benefits of taking some time out of the day to clear the mind and let go of the worries of the day. There are many meditation and breathing techniques but they all boil down to this:
1) Find a place where you won’t be disturbed.
2) Get in a comfortable seated position.
3) Let your focus narrow to your breathing or your body.
4) Let all other thoughts come and go without holding onto or thinking about any of them.
Do this once or twice beginning with as few as 5 minutes during your lunch break and you could see significant results in your level of calm, centeredness, and happiness in just days.
Whether you’re dealing with family stress, work stress, relationship stress, or financial stress, remember, there are things that can help you in managing stress and preventing it from affecting your life, health, and happiness.