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Friday, April 23, 2010

How Dealing With Stress Made Me Feel Better

It doesn't matter where you came from, if you are a guy or a girl, or if your white, brown, black, or purple, stress affects you just the same.

Even with excessive amounts of stress all over in our society, not many people know why we get stressed out or how to deal with it. We need to understand somethings about the common causes of stress.

How Does Stress Begin?

If you take a survey of a handful of stressed out people and ask them what they think has caused their stress, their answers would probably include work, money, and family.
Quite interestingly, these are also among the things that people consider to be the most important parts of their life. So how can these things be both good and bad at the same time?

The thing is that stress doesn't really result from bad things. For example, a tired mother can become stressed over her children only because they run around too much and refuse to sit still. In fact, it is usually the situations that cause stress and not the person, thing or place itself.

Negative Thoughts Result in Stressful Situations

Peoples association between their negative feelings and the situation at hand cause stress. These negative feelings include fear, anxiousness, and anger.

For some reason, people are more drawn towards negative rather than positive feelings. For instance, if you have been ever teased as fat in high school, didn't you suddenly have a penchant for dieting, even if you were only a size 6 at the time?
This is because your mind has latched on to the negative image of you being fat, despite the physical evidence that this is not really true. You can deal with stress by doing the exact opposite. Contrary to giving your mind negative ideas, why not think about positive thoughts instead?

It is impossible to avoid stress. So instead learn to focus on the positives in life. You will need to implement techniques to help cope with stress.

How to Prevent the Side Effects of Stress

Stress is not only psychologically damaging it can also affect your physical health like giving you conditions such as a heart attack, respiratory illnesses, impotence, and a poor metabolism. Those are not all just the most common. To avoid stress, and cope with it. Here are a few techniques you should take on immediately.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Constantly motivate yourself.
  • Sleep a minimum of 8 hours a night.
  • Have a balanced diet.
  • Do not over-exert your body.
  • When you feel ill. Don't ignore it!
  • Spend some time relaxing.
  • Implement a mental workout.
  • Meditate.
  • Listen to soft or classical music in times of stress.
  • Make sure you're organized.
  • Simplify your life.
Overall the techniques here the most important is to stay calm, cool, and collected. The more you freak out the more you'll lose focus and the more stressed you'll be.

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