It’s hard to combat stress and anxiety in a world that can drive you insane. It’s normal to feel stressed or anxiety about situations that makes you feel frustrated, nervous and uneasy. When it starts interfering with your daily life, that may indicate a more serious issue.
Stress and anxiety can cause several physical psychological symptoms. Symptoms of stress may include:
- Trouble Sleeping
- Rapid Breathing
- Stomach Pain
- Weight Gain or Weight Loss
- Social Withdrawal or Isolation
- Constantly feeling overwhelmed or Pressured
- Rapid Heartbeat
Symptoms of anxiety:
- The feeling of imminent doom
- Panic attacks or nervousness
- Unreasonable anger
- Lack of concentration
Separately from these symptoms, stress and anxiety can cause major health problems including high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular ailments and other health conditions. Stress and anxiety are harmful to your health, so finding ways to manage it can help both body and mind.
How to Manage Stress and Anxiety
Eat a Well Balanced Diet
When it comes to appetite, stress and anxiety can either make you eat more or less. It may be difficult, but you have to continue to fuel your body with a well-balanced diet. Never skip a meal, eat energy boosting foods and drink plenty of water.
Discover Your Triggers
Something in your life is triggering your stress or anxiety. Family, work, school, or friends may be the cause. Keep track of when you feel fine and when you become irritable, nervous or experience any other physical symptoms. Try to avoid stressors if possible. Writing in a diary and keeping track of your emotions will also help.
Exercise helps increase the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins. Physical activity allows you to focus on getting through your workout which results in a better mood.
Talk to Someone
Keeping in feelings is never a good thing. Open up to friends or family that you trust. Simply expressing yourself can relieve stress. Talking to someone can also lead to advice you can utilize.
Stress and anxiety are exhausting on the body. Getting at least eight hours of sleep is important for your body to properly get rest.
Listen to music, go to the movies, take a hot bath, meditate, do yoga or simply go for a walk alone. Do something for yourself! Step away from the stressful moment to mentally breathe and clear your head.
Limit Alcohol and Caffeine
Avoid the “I need a drink” mentality. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system. This can result in a rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure. Sipping on a little alcohol may seem nice, but alcohol stimulates the production of the same hormones that produces stress. A study at the University of Chicago revealed alcohol and stress feed each other. Try to drink water instead.
Keep a Positive Mindset
If the only thoughts running through your head are negative, your outlook on life will be negative. Our minds can generate so many negative thoughts and scenarios. Positive thinking just means approaching situations in a more positive and productive manner. Self-talk, the little voice in your head, is the most damaging of all. Learning how to shift your thoughts will allow you to cope with stressful situations.
Don’t Be Hard on Yourself
Many times stress and anxiety are caused by an individual trying to be perfect or live up to certain expectations. Everyone is different and being perfect isn’t possible. We live in a social media world where everyone only shows the good in life causing a false image of their lifestyle. This causes envy or jealousy. Be the best you can be. Perfection doesn’t exist. Everyone is struggling with something regardless of how pretty that picture is.
You Can’t Control Everything
Being able to accept things that are out of your control will help you manage stress. There are times when you have to stop resisting and embrace the lesson. There are times when you can’t change things and that’s OK. It’s hard, but it needs to be done. Put things into perspective by asking yourself, is it as bad as it could be?
“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” ~Arthur Rubinstein
Though you can use these tips for stress management on your own, if you feel as though your stress and anxiety is unmanageable, please seek professional help or ask others to help you find the support you need.
Utilize the helpful tips above to live a happy and a stress-free life that you deserve.