Health – Stress: reduce or eradicate to find serenity

Health – Stress: reduce or eradicate to find serenity
Health – Stress: reduce or eradicate to find serenity

Stomach spasms, dry throat, insomnia are indicators of physical and nervous tension. Obligations overwhelm you, fear of not handling important tasks, a threat to your well-being, a feeling of vulnerability… In a word, you are stressed.

How can you help yourself?

The causes and reasons for stress can vary greatly, the most common are:

  • external pressure due to lack of time, money, support;
  • excess resources, such as time or money, when we feel we cannot manage;
  • the appearance of new things in our life;
  • a threat to our health, our physical safety or our emotional balance: illness, loss, failure;
  • the need to do something that seems too difficult;
  • the suffering of a loved one – spouse, child, friend;
  • uncertainties linked to a situation (marriage, divorce, university admission, passing an exam).

How to identify

Here is a simple test. Isolate yourself in a quiet place, close your eyes and listen to yourself. Try to determine your stress level on a scale of 1 to 10. After trying different methods to reduce it, test yourself again to see how effective they are.

How to reduce

“If I were asked to choose just one method for combating stress, I would recommend the practice of mindfulness,” writes renowned stressor Melanie Greenberg in her book “The Stress-Proof Brain.” Indeed, it is a very effective way to find balance when stress takes over. In particular, she suggests:

  1. Self-analysis

Ask yourself, “Am I compounding my stress with feelings of guilt or perfectionism?” »

  1. Gratitude

Ask yourself: “Why am I grateful? » This technique can have an almost magical effect.

  1. Body care

Quality sleep, a healthy diet and physical exercise are all serious ways to combat stress.

How to eradicate

The best way to get rid of stress is to solve the problem that causes it. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Identify the problem

Stress, like anxiety, often serves as an indicator of a known but unaddressed problem. By focusing on it, you initiate the search for solutions. For example, you might say to yourself, “I’m stressed because I have too much to do and not enough time.”

  1. Specify what worries you

To do this, finish this sentence: “What worries me the most is…” For example, you could say or write: “What worries me the most is not finishing something on time important: prepare a report, finish the kitchen work before the family arrives, buy a new sofa for their visit.

  1. Develop an action plan

Now that you are ready to find a solution, create an action plan taking into account all the upcoming tasks. Set approximate deadlines for each task – clarity will bring relief. Panic (“How am I going to do everything?”) will give way to confidence (“I can handle all of this!”).

In conclusion There is no need to go through stress. Stress is a warning signal that says: “Be careful! It’s time to change something in your life. Take care of yourself ! »

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