Average Stress Can:
- Motivate you to work harder.
- Push you to stick with a challenging task.
Chronic Stress Can:
- Impair your daily function both professionally and socially.
- Lead to serious health problems such as heart problems, high blood pressure, autoimmune illnesses, depression, and anxiety, among other health issues.
There is a fine line between the two and it doesn’t take much to cross that boundary from average stress into chronic stress. Here are 5 tips to provide you with some of the healthiest ways to help you manage your stress.
1. Manage your time.
Have a presentation, conference, or professional task that’s fast approaching? Take it one task at a time. Rely on a task management app, a personal planner, or a calendar. Choose an option that works best for you but will also ensure that you’ll follow through with each prioritized step.
2. Be realistic
Remember that’s it’s okay to say no from time to time. You don’t have to go to every group-outing or over-commit yourself to work tasks. In the end, multitasking won’t help and spreading yourself to thin can lower your personal performance in every aspect of your life.
3. Put caffeine to bed
If you are already chronically stressed and bubbling over with anxiety it might be time to find another source of energy. Caffeine may help you in the short-term, but the side effects might not be worth it. Caffeine dependence can not only make you more anxious, tense, and jittery but the overall impact can increase your stress.
4. Be aware of signs that could suggest stress overload
Know the signs and reduce symptoms some of the most common signs your heading to an unhealthy level of stress are: memory problems, racing thoughts, trouble concentrating, irritability, sadness, frequent colds, headaches, changes in sleep, and a varying appetite.
5.Exercise and Relax
The cure for stress or at least one of the best ways to alleviate symptoms of chronic stress is exercise. Not only does it reduce stress hormones, but your body will release feel-good endorphins in return. Exercising regularly also may make you less likely to develop chronic stress in the long run. Although it’s impossible to eliminate all negative stress from your life, you have control over your reaction to stress factors. Try yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation to help you calm down.
Try a healthy snack! It’ll provide you with sustainable energy throughout the day and not short-term bursts that unhealthy snacks provide which may leave you groggy and worsen the serious health problems mentioned previously.
Don’t let stress overwhelm your day, use these 5 tips and conquer stress before it becomes chronic.