As we grow up, things in our life start to take a toll on our mental health. Problems that we never think of suddenly become the center of our attraction. And, sometimes, it tends to build up and become more taxing. There are a lot of factors that determine stress. Of course, this includes family problems, school activities, the pressure of being a breadwinner, and financial incapability.
First, you must determine the origin of your stress.
Stress comes from the feeling when we can’t handle a situation or manage it. Additionally, it becomes a reaction whenever we feel like we are under pressure or feel threatened. As a human with emotions, stress is normal to have. However, too much stress can cause problems with your mental health.
There are also levels of stress that determine how taxing it can be. For example, acute stress can only happen within a few minutes or hours. This kind of stress lasts for a short period of time. However, chronic stress is a kind of stress that lasts for a much longer period of time.
So, how should you handle stress and make it healthy?
It is important that stress is there and it’s a natural response to pressure and threat. That way, it helps us know how to avoid danger because of how we feel it. Prolonged stress, on the other hand, may lead to certain mental health problems. This, then, includes anxiety and depression. And, sometimes, this forms a more serious cause like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Whatever stress you might feel, let me list down a few things you can do to relieve your stress:
Assess what you feel
It is important to prioritize what you feel and how long can you last to stress. If there’s a demand coming your way, learn to say NO! You are not born to be perfect, so mistakes and not meeting expectation is okay.
Reduce things that trigger your stress
Have a lot of demands coming your way? Take only what you can do and time management is important because pacing means reservation. It means reserving some time for yourself to pause and unwind.
Eat and drink healthy
If you are drinking alcohol and eating too much food as a coping mechanism to stress, stop it. It’s important that sometimes practicing a healthy lifestyle as a form of stress reliever can help you calm down more. Additionally, having a balanced and healthy meal flushes out stress in your body.
Avoid nicotine products
Cigarettes, tobacco, and vaping are common products that people use as stress relievers. However, these products put them more in danger because they are placing more stress on the body. Similarly, it can form some chronic diseases in our lungs and body in the future.
Exercise is the key
I know some of us don’t like exercise because it takes a lot of commitment. But exercise also helps us clean our minds and focus more on our priorities. Not to mention, exercise has physical and mental health benefits that motivate us to continue.
Have your relaxation techniques
It’s the easiest way to flush your feeling because you don’t need many things to do. Some techniques are simple deep breaths, meditation, and yoga. In fact, there are a lot of videos you can watch to help you guide in meditating.
Set your goals and priorities
Being healthy and successful is important. Setting your goals inspires you to continue and having a healthy mind can be achievable. Focus more on the present than worry about the future because we can’t hold it and the guarantee we can do is focus on things we can control.
Know your purpose
It’s important to know what you want to achieve and what values you are holding. Although it’s vague to think of your purpose it sets you in doing what you want. Learn to have new friends, travel and explore, discover a new hobby and celebrate small achievements.
In conclusion, the important thing to know is never to settle for less. Hold your life the way you want and never give in to what the people should expect you. Humans can’t be perfect all the time and it is okay if you don’t meet expectations. The most important is taking care of yourself because it leads you to a healthier mind and less worry.
A scaredy little boy, yet still dreaming big as a writer. Kenneth often can be seen chillin’ at his own killing time binge watching or sometimes your outgoing friend that helps you cheer up. He’s creative when his passion for writing is mentioned, a mid-tier artist; but never had a talent for dancing and singing. He’s a dreamer and believer. You might see him stuck in the corner but very approachable guy and fun to be with. If you want to know more about the story he might think, follow his journey.