Did you know that in recent research, it was found that stress can actually be good to your body? What it does is let the brain produce cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine into the body, increasing certain senses to make the mind sharp and extra focused. Healthy stress is even believed to strengthen the immune system and prevent Alzheimer’s.
Of course, good stress should always be regulated at the slightest doses. Too much stress is, without doubt, bad for your overall well-being. Chronic stress in large amount can cause clinical depression and other health hazards such as cancer, heart problems, arthritis, and even premature aging. It can even raise the risk of stroke.
The bad news is it will not go away. Stress, whether good or bad, is always present in the workplace. The good news is you have the power to divert it to somewhere else.
We might sound like the Greek philosopher Socrates on this one but knowing yourself is important in coping up with stress. Your number one enemy when it comes to stress is yourself. Firstly, you should be aware of the things you do when you reach the boiling point of stress. Sometimes you just can’t control it and you end up being violent with other people. You need not write it down; all you have to do is be aware.
Know your environment
After knowing yourself, get to know the things and circumstances which make you stressed. This is important to know so that you will be able to determine whether you employ the basic human reaction of flight or fight. Your sources of stress can be dealt with, so it is imperative to know which one triggers you the most.
Breathe in, Breath out.
Learn the basics of meditation. You can do this anytime but the best time is at night before you sleep. There are a few Apps available online that offer free guide to meditation. The feeling after doing it is refreshing. Opening your eyes after a good meditation is like waking up on a Sunday morning.
There are plenty of ways to divert the horrors of stress. Some spend it on alcohol, gambling, binge eating, or casual sex. Don’t get us wrong though, these can be effective stress busters. Maybe you can try these once or twice in your stressed-out lifetime. However, these activities may take a toll in other aspects of your life, such as health, money or relationship.
The best way to divert stress is by bettering you. Engage in whatever sport you may like. You need not be confined in traditional sports like basketball, baseball, or boxing. Try new stuff like Parkour, Longboarding or Kite Surfing.
There are a lot of things to learn in the face of animosity. Indeed, the best lessons in life are learned under stress, pressure, and heartache. Always look at the brighter side of life. Sometimes, the degree of stress is directly proportional to the value of experience you are about to learn. Be positive!