Stress can come from many things, including your environment, your thoughts and your body. Even if we can’t avoid stress, we can learn how to handle it better so that it doesn’t seriously affect our health. Positive pressures allow us to stay motivated, alert, ready to deal with some dangerous things, then negative pressures, which we need to manage better. This happens when we feel we can’t handle it, or when something is constant for us and there is no mitigation.
Our body is magical, we all have an autonomic nervous system, it has a built-in pressure response, which is what we call “battle or escape response.” This is why we are forced to deal with stress. However, in some cases, this reaction can be continuously activated, which is the cause of long-term damage to our mental and physical health.
We can do something to help deal with and alleviate our stress. Here are some suggestions for you:
• Confidence, not aggressiveness. Stick to your feelings, opinions or beliefs, not become angry, self-defense or passive
• Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation/yoga
• Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit
• Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
• Learn to manage your time more effectively
• Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life
• Make time for hobbies and interests
• Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events
• Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress
• Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love
• Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn more healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life
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