Stress can completely take over your life. Whether you're dealing with work stress, parenting, relationship etc. the stress and worry doesn't just affect that part of your life. Stress can cause you to lose sleep, lower your immunity, cause headaches and other physical ailments.
Learning to manage your stress is one of the most difficult things to achieve. Every day we face things which cause us to worry, fret, stress and have fear of the outcome. How we tackle those stress causing events can have a great deal to do with our overall health.
One of the main stress causing things we do is multi-task. As a freelance writer multi-tasking for me means getting things done- but I've learned that when I attempt to work on too many things at one time something always slips through the cracks causing more stress later. A defined to-do list is a sure way to make sure that you get things done without all that hectic juggling.
Meditation, taking time out for yourself and having hobbies such as crochet, scrapbooking, reading and gardening help relieve stress. There's no chance that you'll be able to make it through a whole week with nothing causing you to stress, but you can learn to work through the stress rather than letting it take over and ruin everything else.
Recognize what stresses you, don't allow that stress to spread via a bad mood to your family, work or day out. Deal with the cause, work through it and move past it. This is effective for small day to day stress.
Big stress such as problems in your relationship will affect other parts of your life whether you want it to or not. It can be difficult to compartmentalize the things you're worrying about and keep them from spilling over into the rest of your life.
Upon the breakup of her marriage a friend went through a deep depression, let many of her responsibilities slide and eventually lost her job nearly a year later because she hadn't dealt with the stress and depression- she let it take over her life. Any time throughout that year you could ask her anything about what her estranged husband was doing and get a full report, but when it came to work she wasn't on the ball at all.
Surely we can all understand that, emotionally it makes perfect sense to us, but when it comes to being healthy and managing stress it's an example of what not to do. There are many great resources for helping with stress management, and it would take a lot more than a blog post to share all the coping mechanisms you can develop to manage stress.
If you suffer from a great deal of stress, find that your physcial and mental health are suffering from the stress you are under or that you just plain feel like you can't cope with it all the first thing to do is visit your physician! Get a check up, tell him what's going on and see what he suggests. You can also look into meditation, hobbies and finding your balance on your own. The books below should help you!
My name is Suz and I'm just an everyday woman who is trying to figure out when exactly I turned old. I'm not a doctor or an expert- what I am is a woman who wants to know for myself and to share what I learn with other women.
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