What is stress?
Stress is a normal response our bodies have to various events and situations. It is your brain telling you to be on the look out for oncoming danger. Stress can make your heart rate increase, your breathing quicken, and can put you into what many call “the zone.” Stress is responsible for helping us rock interviews, give presentations, and stay focused during the big game.
But how much stress is too much?
Stress can become debilitating. When your brain and body suffer due to the pressures you feel in everyday life, it can make you sick. Too much stress includes feelings of being nervous, trembling, stomach aches, diet changes, headaches, and/or a constant feeling of the world on your shoulders.
How do you help feeling stressed?
There are a bunch of ways you can help reduce stress in your life, or better deal with the stress already present!
There are many ways of dealing with stress, and these are just a few. Figure out what works for you. Singing is not for everyone, but it may be for you. The same goes forjournaling, dancing, baking, and an infinite amount of activities. The main thing is, being stressed is normal. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
- Coloring or drawing has been shown to help release happy hormones in your brain to help you feel better.
- Take a break! Studying or working nonstop can do more harm than good! You wouldn’t run a car for days, let alone weeks straight. Listen to your engine lights, they’re there to let you know you’re overwhelmed.
- But don’t procrastinate. Watching assignments or jobs pile up can make you seem like you’ve dug yourself into a hole you can’t get out of! Baby steps, take one thing at a time.
- Get organized! This is one you hear a lot, but how positive are you that you’re organized both desk wise AND mentally? Keep lists, calendars, schedules! They’ll help you remember things and keep you less flustered.
- Wake up early. You don’t have to wake up before the sun, but often we say we’re not morning people. Why? Because we’re tired, we’re rushed, we’re not giving ourselves enough time to prepare for our day! Set your alarm 10 - 15 minutes early, it’ll make a world of difference.
- But get your sleep. Insomnia is a top cause of stress. Unfortunately, it’s also a top symptom. What to do about this vicious cycle? Get into a routine. Start preparing for sleep a half hour or so before you actually get into bed. Perhaps a little yoga before sleep, or a warm bath, a cup of tea. A routine is a silent way of telling your body that it’s time to wind down.
- Get active! Physical activity of any kind has been proven to reduce stress hormones in our bodies. Just a half hour a day can help you feeling your best and ready to tackle whatever you need to.
- Meditate. There’s a wise saying that if you’re too busy to meditate, that’s when you need it most. Meditation is the art of stopping and breathing. There are many different kinds, but all focus on helping you think better and stay focused.
- Talk about it. Keeping your stress to yourself will not make it go away. Grab a friend and a cup of coffee, call your parents, or go to a counselor. Talking out loud about your problems is proven to help you deal with them. By verbalizing these stressors, you move them to the part of your brain that’s panicing to the part that’s known for problems solving and coping. Just recognizing you have an issue is the first step towards dealing with it.
- Eat right! When faced with stress, many of our healthy eating habits go out the window. We either stop eating or eat way too much! Stress eating happens. Instead of beating yourself up for letting it happen, ask yourself: What triggered this? Why do I feel like this? And then deal with it. Eating poorly or not all can make you sick- which just adds on to the stress already on your plate.
Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
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Monday, September 1, 2014
Stress & its effect