Most people are aware that stress can drastically effect how we get along and cope with our day to day lives, the severity of the effect that stress can have is not widely realised however. Stress is much more than a mental problem, it can cause physical ailments also, and can effect your overall health.
Most people are so used to stress and tension in their lives that they do little or nothing about it until it begins to have major negative effects on them. Everyone suffers from stress – but it is important to sit up and take notice when that stress begins to effect you.
Some of the effects that stress can have on your body involve your mental processes, but stress can also have an effect on other parts of your body as well. For instance, stress has been linked to increased blood pressure and heart rate. If you find that your blood pressure is consistently too high, then you might want to take steps to lower the amount of stress you have. That way, you’ll be able to improve your health.
If you are thinking about your life and considering whether you should try to cut down on your stress now, the answer is a definite yes. Even if you aren’t suffering acute symptoms of stress, an effort at reducing your stress will still have a positive effect on your quality of life and your ability to deal with problems. Stress can cause major health problems, so you cannot afford to ignore it.
Reducing your stress might sound like a difficult, never ending task that will only cause stress in itself, but in reality a few simple steps can make all the difference in reducing stress.
Compile a list of things in your life that cause you stress, they might be people, places, or maybe aspects of your job. Nothing is too small or to big to put on this list. Once the list is done, look over it and see if there are items on it that you can remove from your life, or things whose impact you can minimise or maybe you could approach differently.
Of course you won’t be able to eliminate everything that causes you stress – you will probably still have to go work, and deal with people you find difficult. The important thing is that there will be several items on your list that you can take steps to avoid and eventually eliminate from your life or at least cope better with.
One of the key ways to reduce stress is also one of the simplest – relax! Relaxation time is extremely important in your day – a time to unwind and forget all the stress of your day. You should schedule your relaxation time and let nothing interrupt it, it is as important to your health as exercise in avoiding the negative effects of stress.
Exercise is another excellent way to combat stress, it will make you feel better and more confident. It is particularly good because it will make you fitter also, so your health will benefit doubly.
If you start working on stress reduction, you should start seeing improvements in your health right away. Also, even if you are not noticing that your health is improving right away, you should still feel confident that it is – the more relaxed you are, the better you should feel. Start working on stress reduction today, and have a healthier life tomorrow!
Peter Sachford is the owner and operator of FP Health.