From unreasonable clients and bosses to natural disasters, the life of an everyday American is filled with stressors. Short bursts of pressure can be good for you. However, according to research by Ohio University, persistent stress can change your genes.
The result is amplified inflammation and increased susceptibility to various health issues. Learning how to handle stress is paramount in ensuring proper health. Here are a few strategies on how to get there.
1. Get enough sleep
Between busy work schedules and family life, it is not uncommon to skip sleep once in a while. We forget that regardless of how important signing in a new client is, our bodies require high quality and quantity sleep to keep us on the move. If you do not get sufficient sleep, your health,
creativity, and productivity are bound to deteriorate.
When one is sleeping, the body uses its natural mechanisms to reinstate its energy reserves and control stress levels. Thus, when one does not get enough sleep, stress accumulates to the extent that maintaining a healthy body and mind becomes challenging. On the other hand, if you get enough sleep, you keep high tolerance levels throughout the day, and your alertness is high.
2. Quit doing stuff you dislike
If you are in an emotionally draining relationship, working a job you do not enjoy, or you are involved in any other thing that brings negativity to your life, it could be the reason for your high-stress levels. Healing from your current situation will require you to deal with the cause. Walking
away takes a lot of courage, but it is worthwhile.
3. Consider rituals
Human bodies crave routine. When stressful moments drive all strength out of you, following a routine will help you get back in control. Whether it is listening to your favorite playlist while going to work, exercising in the morning or taking a bath before going to bed, during stress periods
creates a comforting routine that aids in combating stress. When you focus on these rituals and perform them consistently, you help boost your body’s capacity to handle the physical aspects of stress. Extra tip: a consistent routine can also help you sleep better.
4. Work out between work schedules
The gospel of the importance of exercising having been so well preached, more people work out nowadays as opposed to those who did so in the past. Most people prefer working out in the morning and evening hours, probably because they are unaware of the benefits of exercising in-
between work shifts.
Jobs are among the top stressors, and burning a few calories in between your workload might help manage your stress levels. If you are self-employed, getting an extra 30 minutes in between will not be very difficult. Those working 9 to 5 jobs can squeeze a quick work
out session during lunch hour.
5. Take care of your stomach
Although persistent stress levels affect your body entirely, some organs might suffer the effects more than others. One of these organs is the stomach. While under a lot of pressure, one of the body’s mechanisms for handling the extra strain is constricting your stomach into a ball. Ambitious individuals who are working too hard to attain their life’s goals are more vulnerable to this effect than the less ambitious ones.
One would wonder what techniques are most effective for taking care of their stomachs. Several plants and herbs have been found to have a soothing effect on the stomach. Using essential oils is an effective technique of cleansing the stomach. Some of the useful oils include peppermint, lemon, and lavender. You can search for the various blends you can make.
6. Connect to your spiritual side
Since the ancient times, spirituality has been known to cure the soul; an effect that boosts happiness when faced with stressful situations. One of the practical spiritual practices is the use of beads for guidance during prayer. Get a set of these beads if you do not have one.
Decide on a mantra that resonates with you – it should be positive. It can either be religious or inspirational. Then, repeat the mantra on every bead. The more sets of beads you cover, the more you regain your sense of power and detachment from the cause of anxiety. That is the influence of meditation.
7. Appreciate more
Research has proven that expressing gratitude brings forth positive effects. The National Institute of Health Researchers carried out a study on brain activity and discovered that those who were more appreciative had higher hypothalamus activity. Hypothalamus is a section of the brain that
has a significant influence on stress levels. Being grateful also activated a feel-good neurotransmitter known as dopamine.
To benefit from this act, develop a strategy of appreciating the little things in life. For instance, you can write down the good things that happened to you during the day, every evening, and then put them in a tin. At the end of the year during the festivities, open the tin and read these notes. Also,
remember to be grateful to your friends, workmates, clients, and family as often as you can.