It’s said that it’s not stress that is harmful but our reaction to it. Stress is a natural process that takes place in our body. But if we are unaware of its purpose, it can quickly begin to control us.
If you’re someone that feels like they can’t deal with stress anymore, you are most certainly in the right place. The tips in this article will help you recover from the effects of overwhelming stress as well as help you to prevent becoming overwhelmed again in the future.
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Know Your Enemy
People who can’t deal with stress often misunderstand its role in their lives. The first thing we need to clarify is that not all stress is bad. Good stress can actually help you in important situations. The chemical response that causes good stress can give you a burst of energy in critical moments like an exam, or a job interview.
Bad stress occurs during prolonged periods of intense pressure in life. This can occur for various reasons. Perhaps dealing with illness in the family or a busy work schedule can leave your body and mind in a state of “high alert”. If ignored, this kind of stress can lead to a variety of chronic conditions.
Thankfully, knowing that there is a difference between good and bad stress is a powerful tool in knowing how to manage it. Here are a few things you can do when the words “I can’t deal with stress anymore” come to mind.
Awaken the Writer in You
That in itself might sound stressful to some but bear with us a minute. We’re not saying that you have to get a degree in literature or journalism, just to get in the habit of writing things down.
As the old saying goes “a short pencil is better than a long memory”. When we put our thoughts and tasks on paper we free up an astounding amount of mental energy.
Fear of forgetting things in a busy schedule can contribute to overwhelming amounts of stress. Putting down your priorities on paper can help you to physically see what is currently achievable and what can be left for another day.
The more skillful you become in writing—be it a simple to-do list or a full-blown journal—the easier it will be to cope with stress.
Watch What You Watch and Listen To
As trivial as it may sound, the shows you watch and the music you listen to can have a powerful effect on reducing symptoms of stress. Studies show that uplifting music and programs like sitcoms can help to regulate the stress functions in your nervous system. For more information, check out this blog on the vagus nerve.
Remember, sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax. So make time, daily if possible, to listen to your favorite albums and watch your favorite sitcom. And make sure that you dance and laugh out loud!
When You Can’t Deal With Stress Anymore
Managing the effects of long-term stress is not an overnight deal. It means having to say “no” to things in order to recharge your batteries and organize your thoughts. Like the proverbial lumberjack that never stops to sharpen his ax, don’t confuse activity for accomplishment.
If you feel that you can’t deal with stress any longer, put the abovementioned tips into practice consistently for a few months and start taking control of your life from the dangerous clutches of what many call “the silent killer”!
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