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Stress is defined as a physical, mental or emotional strain that causes mental or bodily tension. It is often caused by overwork or anxiety. Stress can cause a variety of emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral symptoms. Irritability, moodiness, a sense of isolation or loneliness and depression are some of the emotional symptoms that a person may experience.
Rapid heartbeat, chest pain, frequent colds, pains and aches are common physical symptoms of stress. Some of the cognitive symptoms include worrying constantly, poor judgment, concentration problems and anxiety. Changing in eating habits, sleeping too little or too much, using cigarettes, drugs or alcohol to relax, pacing and nail biting are some of the possible behavioral symptoms that one may exhibit when stressed.
It is important to note that many health problems can be triggered or exacerbated by stress. Some of those health problems include pain of any type, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and skin conditions. Chronic stress has also been linked to fertility problems.
Major life changes, such as getting married, divorced, moving or having a baby are some of the things that can cause a person to experience stress. Work is another source of stress for many people. Additionally, financial problems and family are common sources of stress.
Stress takes a toll on one’s life and health if it is not relieved. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can alleviate your stress. Below are some tips that will help you lower your stress:
When you are stressed, you have a tendency to breathe quicker and more shallow. Breathing deeply is one of the most effective things that you can do to reduce your stress level. Your heart rate and blood pressure decrease when you breathe deeply. Deep breathing helps instantly reduce your stress. However, deep breathing can be used as long-term stress relief if you do it for 20 to 30 minutes every day. It not only helps alleviate stress, but it can also improve your overall health.
Get The Recommended Amount Of Sleep
Many people cannot sleep at night because they cannot clear their minds. However, it is a lot harder for you to handle stressful situations when you are sleep-deprived. That is why you should try to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble sleeping at night, then you should consider performing a relaxing activity before you go to bed. Taking a warm bath, listening to soothing music and reading a magazine or book by a soft light are some relaxing activities that may make it easier for you to sleep.
Many of us take on too many tasks at one time. Contrary to what many people believe, it is neither wrong nor selfish to say sometimes. You have to take time to tend to your own needs.
Exercise helps boost endorphins, which are the stress and pain-relieving hormones. It also helps you clear your mind. Try to get some form of exercise in your routine every day for a minimum of 30 minutes.