Stress seems to be an inevitable part of modern life. We have so many commitments and responsibilities to attend to in the course of our day. Even though stress can be a part of life, there are ways to lessen it significantly.
Effects Of Stress
To understand why our levels of stress matter, and why we should work to reduce them, it’s important to know the overall effect that high levels of stress can have on our bodies.
Some ways stress can effect us include:
- Lack of sex drive
- Substance use to try to cope
- Changes in eating patterns
- Sleeping issues, such an insomnia
- Withdrawal from social groups and activities
Stress can impact our mental,physical, and emotional well-being. It can lessen our quality of life significantly.
Ways To Reduce Stress
The good news is there are plenty of ways to begin feeling better and cut down on the stress in your life. A few options to lower your stress levels include:
Being Physically Active: Though it may seem counterintuitive to add more to your to-do list, exercise can help you feel better. It releases endorphins. It lets you take a breath both physically and mentally to recharge. It may even help you get in better shape and/or lose weight.
Reaching Out To People: Whether it be friends, family members, or even a bowling league, reaching out to someone can really help. You will be able to feel connected, put things in perspective, and have fun as well. Isolation only makes us feel worse and more trapped, yet it’s one of the first things we do when we feel overwhelmed.
Meditating:Some people think meditation is a waste of time, but it has proven health benefits, including:
- Stress reduction
- Hindering memory loss as we age
- Helping us to foster kindness
- Helping people to fight addiction issues
- Helping eliminate sleep issues
When we find methods to reduce and eliminate stress, we can begin to feel much better. It’s not as hard to do as it may seem. Your health and quality of life are worth the investment. Find a stress reduction method that works for you and begin implementing it today.