The first Wednesday in November each year is International Stress Awareness Day.
We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and under pressure. Unfortunately, stress has become a norm in our modern lives. Stress has a dramatic impact on our lives.
The challenges we face at work, school, and home all contribute to the stress we feel. At times, even the simplest everyday hassles become stressful situations. Sometimes, our relationships with friends, coworkers, or even family make us feel especially stressed.
If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium as well as your physical health. It affects your ability to function effectively and enjoy life. Stress can also lead to serious health problems, including increased blood pressure, susceptibility to heart disease, and a decline in your immune system function.
Essentially, negative stress can keep you from feeling and performing your best, mentally, physically, and emotionally. That’s why it’s incredibly important to use this International Stress Awareness Day as an opportunity to think about your well-being and find ways to manage your stress.
Stress is inevitable, but it is possible to control it.
It may seem impossible to manage stress, but you have a lot more control over your stress levels than you might think. It is necessary to break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive. Here’s a great step-by-step guide on how to start gaining control over stress and improving your health.
The first step towards improvement is to identify the causes of your stress, then take the time to examine your life. Once you find where all the stressors lie, you can start looking into either removing or mitigating them.
Next, when stress is making you feel unwell, do something that makes you feel better, even if it’s only for a short period of time.
Some activities that may decrease your stress levels are:
- Eating healthy, well-balanced meals
- Spending time in nature
- Exercising on a regular basis
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Giving yourself breaks from work or other stressful tasks (as needed)
- Trying relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation
- Finding self-care activities you enjoy
- Reading a book, or magazine
- Listening to your favorite music
- Playing your favorite sport
- Talking to someone who keeps you grounded
The key is finding what helps you cope with stress and making these activities a regular part of your daily routine. Once you disrupt the cycle of stress, you will feel better quickly, and your progress will amaze you.
You don’t have to let stress control your life.
Stress can literally kill you, so don’t let it take one more day from your life! Act now, and start living a stress-free life. The best way to celebrate International Stress Awareness Day is to remove as much stress as possible from your life today. Evaluating your life and trying to add stress-reducing activities into your day will free you from the shackles of your stressful life. Whatever you do, try to break free from stress, and move towards a peaceful, healthy life.