The Best Ways To Deal With Chronic Stress

We all feel the burden of stress from time to time- it could be pressures from work, school or family life. Often it will resolve itself when the source of worry is no longer a problem (for example, when exams are over) but for some people, stress can be a long term problem. This could be a result of a very stressful life or job, or due to an undiagnosed mental health problem. Stress is a serious issue and should never be taken lightly, if you’re currently dealing with it here are a few things to try.

Connect With People

As the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. A good support network can ease your troubles and help you see things from a different perspective. Talking things through with the people you’re close to in your life can help you find solutions to the things you were worrying about (or make you realise that your worries aren’t as bad as you thought). Rather than bottling up your feelings, it’s healthy to talk about and express them. If you need to have a vent or a cry then go ahead, you’re bound to feel much better afterwards.

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Practice Meditation and Mindful Thinking

This is the act of paying attention to the present moment. Focus on your thoughts and feelings in the here and now. It’s so easy to become blind to the world around us, especially in the case of stress where you end up living inside your own head. You can end up spending more time worrying about things instead of paying attention to what’s right in front of you. When you are paying attention to the present moment, you’re not stressing about the past or feeling anxious about the future. You can simply appreciate where you are right now, and know that you’re ok. It’s a good way to bring things back in check when stress starts to spiral out of control. Take some deep breaths, focus on your breathing, pay attention to the present moment and nothing else.

Start a Stress Journal

Allowing yourself a set amount of time each day to worry and stress about your problems can actually be very beneficial. Take a pen and paper and write down everything that is currently causing your stress. From there you can begin to work out solutions, or you might even find that just the act of writing things out is cathartic. Once you’re done with your stress journal, put it away until the next day and try to clear your mind of all stressful thoughts until the next time you open it. It’s a good way to train your mind, as the famous quote by Buddha goes- ‘rule your mind or it will rule you.’ It means you’re not mindlessly stressing throughout the day, and can get on with things with a much clearer head.

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Exercise can reduce some of the intensity from your emotions that you feel when you’re stressed. You might feel like exercise is the complete opposite if what you want to do when you’re stressed out, but if you push through you’ll begin to enjoy it and finally will begin to rely on it. Not only is exercise great news for your mental health, but your physical health will also improve no end, you’ll generally feel better in all capacities Exercise reduces levels of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol, while stimulating the production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in the brain which act as the body’s natural painkillers. These are responsible for that ‘runner’s high’ feeling that people report from exercise, and can boost your mood and attitude. Even a gentle half hour walk can clear the mind and reduce stress, so you could take it slow and still reap the benefits.

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Try Taking a Supplement

There are a number of essential oils and natural supplements that can be effective in relaxation and boosting mood. However, one that’s particularly interesting is called Phosphatidylserine. Research has indicated that it may be a useful tool for balancing mood and cutting stress. This is because it balances levels of cortisol, which as we’ve mentioned is the body’s stress hormone. And so taking dietary capsules which include the chemical, such as Phosphatidyl Serine capsules, can help you to maintain these stress hormones and keep your mood happy and stable.

Visit Your GP
If you feel as though your stress has become too much to cope with on your own, it’s highly advisable to visit a doctor. Chronic stress can cause a whole host of health conditions from heart attack to diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease. So addressing the problem early is beneficial for your health, don’t just brush it off or feel like you’re ‘just being silly’ as stress is a severe problem. You may have been stressed for so long that you don’t even notice it much anymore, and instead just have a constant feeling of dread or unease. This is very damaging to your body, so speak to a professional you can guide you to the help you need.

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