Everyone deals with stress. Whether its stress at work or home, it seems to follow you just about anywhere. As we head into November, National Stress Awareness Month, it seems important to learn how to handle all types of stress and combat them in the best way possible.
The Mayo Clinic categorizes stress into two different categories – Acute Stress and Chronic Stress. Described as the fight-or-flight response, acute stress how your body immediately reacts to things such as challenges, threats, or scares. Stress is considered chronic when these reactions don’t seem to subside and become a debilitating factor of life.
Effective stress management begins with pinpointing your stressors and finding ways to manage them. Some common stressors include:
- Major Life Changes (i.e. the death of a loved one, a new marriage, an unplanned pregnancy)
- Environment (i.e. a barking dog, sudden noises, a room that is too bright)
- Unpredictable Events (i.e. unexpected guests, rising rent, pay decrease)
- Workplace (i.e. heavy workload, too many emails, urgent deadlines)
- Social (i.e. blind dates, fights with your partner)
Once you are able to recognize what is causing your stress you have already taken the first step in managing it. Managing, not eliminating stress is key. Stress is a fact of life, and that’s okay, but in order to feel healthy one must learn to handle it. Here are some popular ways people handle stress:
- Use guided meditation
- Practice deep breathing
- Maintain physical excersise and good nutrition
- Manage social media time
- Connect with others
With a few minor changes, you can be on your way to feeling like a better you!