Stress is an unavoidable part of our everyday life. People of every age group are affected by it! Common causes of stress are issues at work, relationship problems, monetary problems, illness, children etc.
Stress can be harmful to your health!
It can lead to depression, anxiety, heart problems, anger issues, and weaken the immune system. For these reasons its important to know how to handle stress. The simplest way to cope with stress is to bring about some changes in the mindset. The best way is to develop a habit of meditation and prayer. Philippians 4:6 in the Bible says: “Be anxious for nothing but by prayer and supplication make your requests known to God And the peace of God which surpasses understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
How to Handle Stress at Home?
The most important aspect of handling stress at home is to know how to relax. After all our home is where we should be able to unwind and enjoy our safe haven. Easier said then done!! Many times our homes are filled with a lot of stress because of noisy and messy children, laundry, yard work, construction and other things! When your under stress its really difficult to relax your mind and body. You have to stop the unwanted thoughts from entering your mind. This is when prayer really works. You can also try deep breathing techniques for stress relief. In stressful conditions, the breathing tend to become shallow. Sit in a quiet corner and take a few breaths and you will find a relaxing effect on your mind and body. Any form of physical exercises really helps too. Exercise helps control the stress hormones released by the body under stressful condition and thus helps in stress management. You can also try aromatherapy to relieve the tension from the nerves and muscles of your body.
How to Handle Stress at Work? When you are trying to handle too many things in your workplace it can be very stressful! You should prioritize your workplace responsibilities according to their importance. It will make your work more organized and you will be more productive. That could be as easy as writing a “to list.” Sometimes, when we fail to meet our own expectations at work we get stressed out. Set realistic goals for yourself to avoid any kind of disappointments. Do not forget that work is only just one part of your life. There are other aspects of your life which you should not neglect. Take some time out exclusively for yourself where you can involve in activities that you enjoy the most. It could be a movie, gardening or simply reading a book. Sometimes cowords or even our bosses can stress us out, when that happens we should pray for them. This helps us to have a better attitude and gives us a different perspective.
How to Handle Stress in a Relationship? Communication is the key to healthy relationships. When you bottle up all your negative feelings about your partner then it can give you a lot of stress. Talk to him or her about the things that are bothering you. When you are discussing the issue, you will find that the tension within you is released and you feel so relieved. Another way to beat the stress in a relationship is to accept your partner the way he or she is. None of us are perfect. Therefore, instead of focusing on the negatives divert your attention more on the positive sides of your partner. This positive attitude will help you to enjoy your life as well as relationship.
Start a Stress Journal
A stress Journal can help you identify the regular stressors in your life and the way you deal with them. Each time you feel stressed keep track of it in your journal. As you keep a daily log, you will you will begin to see patterns and common themes. Write down:
- What caused your stress (make a guess if you’re unsure)
- How did you feel both physically and emotionally?
- How you acted in response.
- What you did to make yourself feel better.
Look at how you currently cope with stress…Think about the ways you currently manage and cope with stress in your life. Your stress journal can help you identify them. Are your coping strategies healthy or unhealthy, helpful or unproductive? Unfortunately, many people cope with stress in ways that compound the problem.
Unhealthy ways of coping with stress
These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run:
- Drinking too much
- Overeating or under eating
- Zoning out for hours in front of the TV, computer or Xbox
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
- Using pills or drugs to relax
- Sleeping too much
- Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
- Taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence)
Hope you find that these tips are helpful. When you feel stressed out, don’t lose hope! Don’t focus too much on the stress. Rather, take proper steps which can be beneficial to lower your stress in an effective manner. Here are a few more pointers that researcher have proven helps boost your immune system when you are in stressful conditions…watch the kind of food you eat. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, take vitamin C tablets daily, exercise, have fun! Laughter is medicine for your body and soul. Most people don’t laugh enough.
Sometimes you need somebody to talk to. Our counselors at Crossroads Counseling Center are trained and compassionate listeners. We can help you understand what is happening and help you develop a plan of how to successfully handle the stress in your life. We are just an email or a phone call away. Just reach out at on our website or call 631-714-5407.