What Is Stress:
What is the definition of stress, many people ask. Many people define stress in many ways.
Basically, stress is: being out of harmony with oneself and the world around us.
To effectively manage stress, it is important to be cognizant of the causes of stress and to understand that good health and stress management strategies are important issues to address in order to gain and maintain a high quality of life. One of the biggest, if not the biggest cause of stress in our society today is financial pressure. When the bills just keep stacking up and there is not enough money coming in, one cannot help but fret over how to make ends meet. This is also the leading cause of fighting amongst couples.
At the same time, there are people in countries that live on very, very little and yet, they have a high quality of life in that they are happy and satisfied with the life they have. Money cannot buy happiness, yet the devil’s advocate would say “it sure makes misery a lot more comfortable”! However,, even financial stress can be measured and improved.
Another major stress inducer is on-the-job or work related stress. This could come in many forms; not getting along with our boss, excessive work hours, not enough work hours, tension amongst co-workers, and probably the biggest of them all, fear of being terminated. Stress management in business situations is necessary for all people who are in the work force; so along with work skills, in today’s business world, it’s a good idea to take your stress management skills.
Strained relationships are also high on the list. This can be with our significant other, a sibling, a parent, our children. These are especially hurtful types of stress because they involve people that we love the most.
Health and Stress Management
And we certainly cannot forget the stress that health-related issues can cause. When a person learns that they are suffering an illness or disease, no matter how major or minor, this can definitely be a huge concern, which can cause stress. Especially if it is something beyond their control. In other words, something we can’t exercise or diet or modify our way out of is extremely challenging. Our self-esteem will usually decrease significantly and this can leave us full of negativity. This form of stress, along with financial stress, are the two main forms of stress that cause insomnia, a great problem in our society today.
Now that we have delved into some of the types of stress, let’s look at some possible solutions. Professionals trained in this field will usually advise things like a healthy diet, yoga, meditation, physical exercise, and other forms of relaxation techniques. There are even devices called stress balls that are used to relieve tension in the hands. Studies have proven that when we are able to relieve tension in our hands, this leads to relief throughout the body. In fact, these types of antique practices have been used for centuries, although you can find a modern version of cinese stress balls easily online today:
The same goes for reflexology in relieving the stress and tension from your body through the nerve endings in your feet.
This feels good not only in your feet, but also throughout your entire body. Reading a motivational or inspirational story can be a good stress-reliever, as will give you hope, just as listening to motivational audio books are great choices too. These things work wonders when done on a regular basis.
Learning to be very careful with your time management is paramount to stress relief, as well. Finding ways to make time for your family, for exercise, and most of all for yourself is key to coping with stress.
All in all though, the two most important things you can do to help kick stress to the curb, and begin to activate your coping strategies are:
1. Restore your self-esteem (see how laughter therapy and self-esteem are correlated here)
2. Eliminate negativity (take a look at how much positive self-talk can do for you here)
You might find it helpful to seek help in order to accomplish these goals, but they are fully attainable goals. The good care of your health and your stress management strategies should go hand in hand because these are essential elements for your overall sense of satisfaction and happiness in life. Throughout this website, we will continue to explore the most effective forms of help that are available. Remember that you are always making decisions on how to deal with the issue of stress, though you might be deciding mostly by default. Now is the time to deliberately and consciously become willing to take active steps to relieve stress.