Stress is a pest that leaches into our daily lives.
From commuting to work/school to getting yourself a meal, all activities have a certain amount of stress in this day and age.
So, in this dark world plagued with stress, how can you find an escape for yourself? How can you keep your stress at bay and enjoy life like it is meant to?
That’s what I’ll be going through in this article.
Let’s get started!
Eustress and Distress!
In Psychology, we have the concept of two types of stress---Eustress and Distress.
I’ll go through these fairly quickly:
- Normal State
This is the fairly normal state of your body. You basically don’t have any stress
- Eustress: The good stress
Not all stress is bad. And Eustress is the stress that is essential for you to get off of your butt and do some activity.
- Distress: The bad stress
This is the stress that causes the high blood pressure, high heart rate, tension, and all those other negative things.
What I’m boiling down to is that stress on its own is not a bad thing. It is essential for you to do some activity, achieve a goal, and essentially succeed in life.
That being said…
‘Excess of anything is bad’ and it’s the same with stress.
The 10 Habits to Keep Your Stress in Control
In order to combat stress and win the war, you’ve got to be ready for combat.
And that’s where these ten weapons that’ll help you in this war. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Following are the 10 habits to keep your stress in control:
Your body releases the “feel good hormones” after you’re done working out, which helps reduce stress level and keep you calm.
So, better start exercising!
2. Eat Well
Food is to your body what fuel is to a car. It runs you.
Now imagine what would your car do if you put in bad fuel.
It’ll eventually break down and you’ll have to spend a lot of money out of your pocket for repairs.
Why risk your body, right?
3. Get Enough Sleep
Studies have shown that after sleepless nights and pulling all-nighters, you’re more likely to be short-tempered, irritated, and more vulnerable to stress.
4. Talk It Out
The cause of stress is sometimes the lack of communication of feelings.
There’s a build-up of emotion---a stimulant, which finds it channel via stressing your body out.
So, talk about your problems to a close friend or family member to feel less stressed out.
5. Avoid Unhealthy Habits
Like smoking and partying all night?
That could be the biggest reason why you’re losing your hair at such a young age!
Unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, and injecting drugs are known to increase the body’s stress levels.
Other than that…
Lack of sleep is also associated with the elevated stress level of a person.
6. Work Smart
Sometimes you’re stressed out about a thing you can’t change: time.
Our lives are filled with deadlines and time-sensitive work which can be stressful for us.
I encourage you to manage your time according to your obligations and use it objectively.
7. Acceptance is Key
We all have flaws.
Rather than stressing out about how you can’t sing, dance, code that well, etc. you should accept yourself for who you are strengthen your skills.
After all, nobody’s perfect!
8. Think before Reacting
In these times, humans have become way too impatient and impulsively react to things that we might regret later.
So, what to do?
Well, when in doubt, use your brain before reacting to anything!
9. Manage Your Expectations
Sometimes, the main source of your stress can be having your expectations set way too high.
Some people just have unrealistic expectations.
Trying and keeping your expectations in check can help you out in this case.
10. Avoid Stimulants at all costs!
Stimulants like coffee, energy drinks, tea, etc. aren’t really a good idea when you’re prone to stress.
They just over-work your nervous system.
Habits to Keep Your Stress in Control: A Quick Recap
Stress is an inevitable part of human life.
And the best habits to keep your stress in control revolve around inculcating healthy habits to your day to day lives. You should try to quit smoking, work out more, eat healthier, etc. to have good health and keep those stressors away from yourself!
Be smart and don’t stress out!
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