Have a Stress-Free Day: Tips On Structuring A Healthy Life

The American Institute of Stress shares on its website, “If you were to ask a dozen people to define stress, or explain what causes stress for them, or how stress affects them, you would likely get 12 different answers to each of these requests. The reason for this is that there is no definition of stress that everyone agrees on, what is stressful for one person may be pleasurable or have little effect on others. We all react to stress differently.” 

In any given day, every person faces stress. Furthermore, a variety of factors can cause stress in an individual, such as health, family, money, or sometimes a combination of numerous factors. Stress can drastically affect a person’s day-to-day life, which is why it is so important to learn how to structure your daily routine to cut down on a stress.

Be mindful

The Federal Occupational Health website states, “Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being.” An effective method for remaining aware of your stress and how it’s affecting you is by keeping a journal. Tracking your mood, behavior, and patterns will help you identify any issues and not any activities that might help ease stress. Stress awareness is crucial to minimizing anxiety throughout your day.

Create a support system

The Mayo Clinic asserts, “A strong social support network can be critical to help you through the stress of tough times.” Surrounding yourself with people, whether they’re family, friends, or peers, who support you and want to help is crucial to daily stress management. Having someone or a group of people to turn to when you’re feeling stressed is an invaluable asset.

Get physical

Stress goes beyond a feeling of anxiousness or overthinking stressful issues. In fact, according to the Federal Occupational Health’s website, “Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses – from headaches to stomach disorders to depression – and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease.”  It might seem hard to believe but stress can manifest itself into a serious physical issue that affects how your body functions on a daily basis. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America recommends, “Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.”

Nurture your emotional health

The National Institute of Health says, “Brain cells bombarded by stress signals have little recovery time and eventually start to shrink and cut connections to other brain cells. The network that coordinates our thoughts, emotions and reactions thus starts to rearrange.  Over time, entire regions of the brain can grow or shrink.” Stress can affect your emotional health by causing you to feel anxious, sad, restless, unmotivated, unfocused, irritable, angry or depressed. If stress is beginning to overwhelm, make a note of any other emotions you’re feeling and speak with your medical practitioner about treating these emotional symptoms. You can also take a few minutes to try some light meditation or breathing exercises to help combat the stress and other emotions.

Stay on top of your physical health

According to the American Psychological Association, “Stress can make existing problems worse. In one study, for example, about half the participants saw improvements in chronic headaches after learning how to stop the stress-producing habit of catastrophizing, or constantly thinking negative thoughts about their pain. Chronic stress may also cause disease, either because of changes in your body or the overeating, smoking and other bad habits people use to cope with stress.“ If you begin noticing physical symptoms of stress, record what pains or aches you’re feeling and research methods of treatment. Also, speak with your doctor about a fitness regimen that addresses these stress health concerns so you can work through the issues in your everyday life.