Almost everyone experiences stress occasionally. Do you ever feel that you are expected to do more than you are capable of doing? Whether at work, home, or online, for instance. Family and children might be demanding, but you may also have continuing obligations at work or in your own time.
Maybe you’re unwell or a loved one of yours is. It’s possible that you’re going through a trying relationship. Maybe you can’t sleep because of money worries, or maybe you have to deal with tension or violence where you reside. There are several things that could cause our body to become tense.
Everyone encounters challenging times. If you can relax afterwards, there isn’t much to worry about. However, if you are under a lot of stress for a long time and don’t get enough sleep, your body will rebel.
Headaches, aches in the muscles, and trouble sleeping are some of the complaints. You become irate and still feel exhausted after getting out of bed. A melancholy or depressing mood could also be present. Since interacting with people demands too much of your energy, you can start to treat them badly and withdraw.
It takes more work to complete your assignment, and it might be challenging to stay focused. There are moments when life just doesn’t seem as enjoyable anymore, and improvement seems far away.
Different people respond differently to stress. If you want to do things perfectly and pay little attention to the things that are currently going well, you are more likely to grow anxious.
Overextending yourself will eventually reduce your effectiveness. According to studies, those who labor under pressure for long hours produce less work per hour. It may also result in sad or anxious feelings.
Relaxation against stress
Relaxation is important when you experience too much stress. Try to set aside more time for yourself. Even if that sometimes seems impossible. But remember that you are less effective, and therefore end up getting less done when you are stressed. Sitting on the couch and scrolling through your phone or watching TV is not the best form of relaxation. Movement is better for reducing your stress. Go for a walk or exercise and try to enjoy your surroundings.
Focus on what’s important to you
Say “no” more often to other people who want something from you. Try to make a list for yourself of people and tasks that are really important to you and of things that may not be so important at the moment. Try looking at the things you do as an outsider. How would you look back on this in 10 years? How would a close friend look at it?
Try to give your time and attention to the people and tasks that are really important to you. Make a conscious decision not to do things that are not important. And to spend less time with people who aren’t that important to you. Sometimes that can feel like losing face or giving you an anxious feeling that you are not in control. But if you are clear to others, it can also be pleasant for them. Focusing more on the important things will have a positive impact on your relationship with those people who are really important in your life.
Let go of the less important things
It can help you to leave certain tasks to someone else. Sometimes that gives the feeling that you will lose control. That things don’t get done the way you want them to. But if you try to do more than you can actually handle, you will have to learn to let things go. So you will have to ask other people for help. This can be difficult at times, but you still need to take bold steps to overcome your pride and fear of letting go.
Talk to others about your stress
It can help to open your heart to your partner or a good friend. It gives relief to look together at what is really important and what is not. And maybe your partner has very different expectations of you than you always thought. It can also help to share the concerns you have. You often come up with much better solutions together or the other person would like to help you solve a problem together.
To get more exercise, you can join a sports club. Go to a masseur if you regularly have muscle pain. If all this does not help enough, you can also visit a doctor or psychologist.
Also set aside time to do things you enjoy. For example, a hobby, reading a book or anything else that gives you energy.
Watch what you eat. When you’re stressed, you quickly turn to unhealthy food with a lot of sugars that give you some energy temporarily. But in the long run it just makes you lifeless and fat. Try to eat more vegetables and fruits. You know that restless feeling when you drink too much coffee? That greatly increases your stress.
Why do we get so worked up?
You can reduce stress with these tips. But to really move forward, it’s important to think about why you’re so concerned. What are you doing all this for? Also, take the time to think about what is really important in life. Not just for today and tomorrow, but what does your future look like?
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