The kids won’t stop screaming, your boss has been hounding you because you turned a report in late. You’re seriously stressed out.
Stress is actually a normal part of life. It can be off any type. At times, it serves a useful purpose. Stress can motivate you to get that promotion at work, or run the last mile of a marathon. But if you don’t get a handle on your stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health. More than half of Americans say they fight with friends and loved ones because of stress, and more than 70% say they experience real physical and emotional symptoms from it.
Read below why you get stressed out, and how that stress might be affecting your health.
Causes of work stress include:
- Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work, or no say in the decision-making process
- Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility
- Working long hours
- Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination
- Working under dangerous conditions
- Being unhappy in your job
- Having to give speeches in front of colleagues
- Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn’t supportive.
Life stresses can also have a big impact. Examples of life stresses are:
- Loss of a job
- The death of a loved one
- Increase in financial obligations
- Chronic illness or injury
- Moving to a new home
- Getting married
- Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem)
- Taking care of an elderly or sick family member
Sometimes the stress comes from inside, rather than outside. You can stress yourself out just by worrying about things. Your stress level will differ based on your personality and how you respond to situations. Some people let everything roll off their back. To them, work stresses and life stresses are just minor bumps in the road. Others literally worry themselves sick.
Managing your stress can make a real difference to your health. One study showed that women with heart disease lived longer if they underwent a stress management program.
Now there are some tips to relief from this blissful stress.
- Meditate: A few minutes of meditation per day can help ease anxiety. Research also suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress. It’s simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting — out loud or silently — a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.
- Reach Out: Your social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what’s going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong.
- Laugh Out Loud: A good laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or video, reading the comics, or chatting with someone who makes you smile.
- Listening to light music: Listening to a light music can surely decrease your stress level at every time. Try this at your home,office or any place, you will definitely get benefit from this. Allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers in the piece.