Stress is a horrible plague of modern society, it affects millions of people in a variety of ways each and every day. Everywhere we go, everything we do, we are always subjected to a certain degree of stress—sometimes so little that we can just ignore and others too great to be within the realms of our coping.
Stress is a normal part of life but high levels of stress can be detrimental to health. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that 90% of visits to the doctor nowadays are stress-related, which means that we should be aware of the potentially debilitating nature of stress. Reduce the risk of developing stress related illness, below are some ideas to help stop stress from causing damage to your health.
Set aside time for relaxation everyday. This does not necessarily mean going to a relaxing beach resort or a pampering spa, all you need to do is set aside a designated, uninterrupted time for a break from everything that you do. You may worry about not having time relax, but you should know that relaxation does not have to be time-consuming. Relaxation can include periodic 5-10 minute breaks of breathing exercises, watching your favorite show for 30 minutes or talking with people who make you happy. When choosing the best time for these relaxation breaks, consider the times in the day when your stress level is high or your energy is low. These can be ideal times to schedule in a brief relaxation session.
Drink tea. Drinking tea has traditionally been associated with stress relief, and many people believe that drinking tea helps them relax after facing the stresses of everyday life. This belief is now backed by scientific evidence. Studies revealed that although tea does not appear to reduce the actual levels of stress we experience, it has the capacity to bring stress hormone levels back to normal which reduces the occurrence of common stress induced conditions like heart attack and stroke. Give black tea a try stress relief.
Analyze your stress. Separate the things in your life that you find stressful into two categories: things you can do something about, and things you can’t. If you can do something about it, then do it! If there’s nothing you can do, then accept it and move on. Inasmuch as it would be senseless to keep on worrying about a certain thing and not do anything about it, there is also no point stressing yourself out in things or circumstances that you cannot control. Appraise your stressors appropriately and you will definitely reduce the stress levels in your life.
Whether you’re worrying about looming deadlines, job insecurity, traffic jams, or a troubled relationship, stress takes its toll on your body, emotions and mind. If you do not want stress to get the best of you, you need to learn to control it and recover from it. I hope that you have found the tips above helpful.