The Why’s and How’s of Stress Management

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According to statistics published this year by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stress continues to grow by the numbers and evolve into one of the top killers in the United States.

Stress can lead to severe anxiety, depression, delirium, unhealthy eating habits, and more. Unfortunately, without properly managing your stress on a regular basis, high blood pressure and other heart problems become more likely, regardless of age or “physical condition”.

Consider some of the following TIPS for improving your Stress Management:

Positivism
Try to always make an effort to surround yourself with positive people, positive places, and things or environments that will have a positive influence on you.
Thinking is contagious, so it’s possible that even those that weren’t happy before, will be happier when they’re around you—and in turn you can be happy together!

Mindfulness
From how you start your day, to the amount of time you allow yourself for leisure, it all makes a difference and comes down to mindfulness.
“Burn out” is all too common in today’s stressful, modern world and economy. Because of this, sometimes we lose track of how important it is to monitor our own moods and behavior. Even worse, we often forget to reward ourselves! Even if it’s just an hour, take time out of your day and allow yourself to do something you enjoy—or you may very well wind up driving yourself insane!

Dieting and Fitness
Yes, everyone knows that working out daily can contribute to X, Y, Z, or ‘a healthier you’ (etc.,) but what people often don’t take into account is the negative decisions they’re making that pollute the body, shortening their lifespan, and even stressing themselves out more!
Sure, it’s important to eat a balanced diet and workout regularly, or when you can, but it’s also important to stay away from drugs and alcohol as overdoing it could not only become addictive, but even prove fatal!
A lot of people don’t bother with dieting and fitness because they don’t believe it will work. The problem is, they’ve never tried before, so they couldn’t possibly know if it’d help contribute to “de-stressing” them or not!

Find and Compliment the Good in Yourself

We know, it sound’s weird, but seriously, give yourself some slack!
Try to create a list of 5 things that make you a happy, successful, or desirable person and praise yourself for your experiences, endeavors, and accomplishments!

In today’s world a lot of people don’t give themselves enough credit for the work they put into life, the rewards they reap, and often lose sight of what’s important most—their pursuit of happiness.

In the end, how you manage (or don’t manage) your stress is up to you. It can easily, however, as mentioned earlier be the difference between life and death one day—so think about it, and consider working on a new, ‘different’ you.
That’s right, we said different, not better! Self-recognition and self-care go a long way in stress management.

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