Do you experience stress to an uncomfortable extend?
Do you have a stressful environment, a stressful job, a stressful partner?
Stress is a good thing! – Stress hormones are a quick an effective device to get instant body reactions. When adrenalin and cortisone streams in the blood, your reaction is faster than your thinking. Stress becomes a problem when this extra energy provided to the body by these hormones is not being used. Nowadays, we do not run away from the bear or attack the same. High levels of these hormones are not being used and stay in the body. They become a risk factor contributing to weight problems, burnout syndroms, heart disease, relationship problems, psychosomatic diseases etc..
What can we do to cope with stress?
Become aware of your body reactions to external stressful situations: tense shoulders, shorter breath, eyes wider, tension in the muscles…. Become aware of how your thoughts, fears, memories or negative expectations effect have the same effect as external influences
Learn to release the tension consciously: take a deep breath, breath out and drop your shoulders.
Learn relaxation techniques from a specialist instead of using legal or illegal drugs.
Aerobic exercise like brisk walking 3 times a week balances hormones and use of the extra energy and tension in your body. As a nice side effect it is good for your lungs, heart and relaxes state of mind.
Consult a physician: Don’t wait until the first heart attack, divorce or drug addiction! Get proper consultation and support to start your personal wellbeing program!
Talk! Talking about problems helps to release the tension – if you have a trustworthy friend. Just complaining about circumstances and people will not help. Depending on the extend of stress you experience a specialist might be a good option to get you out of a destructive circle.
Exchange with others! Use the Internet to exchange your thoughts. The fact that so many people out there have similar problems releases some of the tension or you might get new ideas on how to be able to change the mindset and the habits.
Changing the outside world is the not recommendable! By changing the job, the partner, the city you don’t change your mindset and your ability to cope with stress, so better start with the latter 😉