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Stress is dangerous and should be prevented by all means and at all cost – it often leads to depression which subsequently weakens human bones and slow down his system when not dealt with.

According to a mental-health charity in the United Kingdom, 1 in 5 British workers said that stress had made them physically ill during their career, and unmanageable pressure had caused 1 in 4 to cry while at work. Maybe in our own part of the world, Africa, it is 3 in 5 and 2 in 4 respectively.

Thus, prescriptions for antidepressants saw an unprecedented rise during the recent period of economic recession.

Managing Stress

Good news, stress in itself is not necessarily harmful and dangerous, contrary to what’s been said earlier.

The American Psychological Association has noted: “Stress is to the human condition what tension is to the violin string: too little and the music is dull and raspy; too much and the music is shrill or the string snaps. Stress can be the kiss of death or the spice of life. The issue, really, is how to manage it.”

Also, when stress strikes you, it activates an amazing system in your body – your emergency response system. Hormones are released to increase your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. In addition, reserves of blood cells and glucose food into your bloodstream. This cascade of reactions prepares you to deal with stressor, the stimulus causing the stress.

After the stressor has passed, your body may return to normal. But when a stressor remains, it can leave you chronically anxious or tense.

Stress affects human in various ways. It causes health disorder, emotional exhaustion, sleep problems, depression, deteriorating relationship et al.

So learning some simple tips on how to manage stress is important for both your physical and mental well-being.

The premier way of managing stress is understanding the root cause of the stress. And knowing that will help you can deal with it swiftly.

The causes are not farfetched:

Insecurity

Not one of us has total security. Time and unexpected events overtake us all. In order to cope, confide in a trusted family member or friend. Studies show that the support of loved ones consistently confers protection against stress-related disorder. Yes, a true friend shows love at all times.

Also, do not continually focus on worst case scenarios. Such thinking does little more than drain emotional reserves. And what you fear may not happen so tap into the power of courage, believe and self-confidence.

Demanding Routine

A relentless routine of commuting, working, studying, or caring for children or elderly parents can keep stress levels high. Moreover, stopping some of these activities may be out of the question.

The way forward is trying to give yourself some downtime to get adequate rest. Set sound priorities and adopt a modest lifestyle.

Interpersonal Conflicts

Conflicts with others, especially in the workplace, can be very stressful. If you experience such difficulties, you have a number of options that might help.

Below are tips to manage stress

Starting with the last cause; the key managing tip here is to stay calm when someone upsets you. Do not add fuel to the fire.

Also, try to settle differences privately and respectfully, thus dignifying the other person. Try to gain insight into his or her feelings and viewpoint. Such insight slows down our anger because it puts us in the other person’s shoe. It can also help us to see ourselves through the other person’s eyes. And try to forgive. Forgiveness is not only beautiful. It is also a good medicine.

In essence, “making certain lifestyle changes is the best start” to relieving stress, says the National Institutes of Health, NIH, in the United States. Start with eating a well-balanced, healthy diet as well as getting enough sleep and exercise.

Also, limit caffeine and alcohol intake and don’t use nicotine, cocaine, or other street drugs. The NIH also suggests taking breaks from work, spending time with family or friends, learning to make things with your hands, or learning to play a musical instrument.

Have A Stress Free Day And Enjoy Your Life.

Excerpt: jw.org

Author: Taofeek Ayeyemi