Do you consider stress to be less serious than physical pain? After all, stress is a problem that exists from the neck up. You just have to power through it and everything will work itself out.
This is why we carry around stress like a gigantic weight on our backs and never really put it down.
Stress isn’t just mental or emotional. Any doctor will tell you that stress has physical consequences. Stress can cause the body to produce chemicals that bring on headaches and pain in our back, joints and other parts of the body.
In women, stress commonly causes thyroid issues. In men, research suggests that stress can cause artery blockage, creating a greater risk of stroke and heart disease.
Have you ever wondered why you feel so tired when you’re stressed out? Stress requires energy. It saps our strength and leaves us exhausted.
And how do we cope with stress? Some people eat, and it’s usually unhealthy food that causes you to feel lousy. Some people lash out at those who don’t deserve it, while others isolate themselves.
There’s no way to avoid freak accidents and stressful situations that pop up out of the blue, but we can do two things to make life a little less stressful.
First, we can control how we respond to stress. Without getting too technical, the body has a built-in mechanism that gives us the energy we need to deal with truly stressful situations. Unfortunately, too many of use overuse that mechanism by getting all worked up over mildly annoying situations – like waiting on line at the grocery store or misplacing an earring.
We need to reserve that energy for the times when we really need it, like a car accident, an injury, or even the loss of a loved one. Other things just aren’t worth our energy and aggravation, especially when you consider the effect they have on our physical and mental well-being.
The second thing we can do is make a conscious effort to avoid or reduce the number of stressful situations we find ourselves in on a regular basis.
You may not necessarily have to work less, but maybe you should consider delegating more – at work and at home. That’s what Time Well Spent is here for. Maybe it’s time to cut the cord with the high-maintenance client who constantly runs you ragged with tasks that they’re not actually paying for.
Maybe you just need to get out of the office for lunch, treat yourself to a massage, or spend an hour with a cup of tea and a good book – and do it on a somewhat regular basis.
Figure out what stress relief technique works best for you. It has to be realistic and fit into your lifestyle, but most importantly, you need to make the effort to remove some stress for your life. Don’t we all deserve to be happy?
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?