Although stress is sometimes hard to avoid, long lasting stress can have an even longer lasting impact on your personal health. Prolonged stress has been linked to problems associated with the heart and blood vessels. Stress raises your blood pressure and heart rate and high amount of stress over a long period of time can essentially do damage to these major parts of our body.
The impacts of prolonged stress can even have an impact on things such as immune system. A lowered immune system will result in more frequent illness, thus impacting other areas of our life. While sometimes stress cannot be prevented, there are some ways that you can reduce the stress in your life.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
Surrounding yourself with positive people will essentially have positive impact on your life and lower your stress level tremendously. Those who are around happiness, will be overall happier people!
Practice Meditation & Deep Breathing
The practice of meditation teaches you to zero in on your inner self and block out those possible stress triggers. In doing meditation, you will also learn deep breathing techniques that will allow you to exhale the stress from your body and clear your mind. These good practices, will have a long lasting impact on your overall health and stress level.
Something as simple as turning on uplifting music can help to lower your stress level. Keep in mind that your version of uplifting may be quite mellow compared to that of someone else. But, whatever works the best for you, is completely ok! If you have a certain feel good song that puts you in a happy place, when you feel the stress of life getting to you, turn it on and let the stress wash away!
The old saying “laughter is the best medicine” holds very true when it comes to stress. Laughing boosts your mood, relieves tension, stress, and anxiety. It also helps to support a healthy immune system.
Good old fashioned sleep is always a help when it comes to reducing stress. The old saying “tomorrow is a new day” certainly holds true in this instance. While it is quite possible that whatever you are stressed about will still linger around tomorrow, facing it after a good night of sleep, will help you deal much easier!
Believe it or not, exercise can help to reduce stress as well. Jumping on a treadmill, lifting weights or even doing cardio will help to relieve stress and clear your mind. It also good for helping to regroup and refresh, allowing your mind and body to take on a fresh and new perspective.
The harsh reality is that we will never be able to completely rid our lives of all of the factors of stress. It is simply a part of life. If we are not able to completely rid our lives of stress, we can learn ways to help us cope and reduce the overall effect it has on our bodies and well-being. We must learn to look at our stress factors and figure out some way to resolve those that we can. For those that we are unable to resolve, we must figure out the best way in dealing with them to ease the burden.
Each mechanism of coping may not have the same impact on every single person. What works for one, may not do anything at all for the next. With that being said, take some time to figure out what works best for you and your situation. It may take some time and some trial and error but the overall outcome will be the same; a much happier and healthier overall life!