Stress is an emotional state which is derived in most cases from anxiety and restlessness. A National Health Interview Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that 75% of the general population experiences at least “some stress” every two weeks. In general, stress can be caused by a wide range of factors, but the three most frequent causes of stress are:
- Job dissatisfaction or unemployment
- Deteriorating or bad health
- Unhealthy relationships
I have personally experienced stress based on the three factors above, and I bet you have too. I could go on and give specific examples of how this applied to me, but I will jump straight up to the solutions. How do we overcome stress, regardless of the causes? Simple:
- Go jogging. Or engage in any other physical activity that will make you sweat and increase the flow of oxygen to your brain. Jumping around or in place counts. That’s one of the activities I engage in when I experience stress.
- Have a good laugh. I know laughing when things are not going your way is counterintuitive, but it does wonders. When you feel stressed up and become unproductive, take a break and head on to YouTube.com to watch funny videos.
- Write up 10 things you are grateful for. Two opposite feelings like sadness and happiness cannot be expressed at the same time. Happiness is a by product of gratitude. When I feel stressed for any reason, I bring out my notepad and list 10 things or people or situations I am grateful for. It always creates an immediate positive shift in mindset.
The truth is, if you do not deal directly with the cause of your stress, the remedies I suggested above will only help you as long as you keep your focus off the stressful situation. In your case, zero in on what causes you to experience stress. Once identified, work on removing the cause from your life and then use the remedies I listed (possibly daily) to keep stress away from your being.
Have you experienced any stressful situation or had any stressful experience lately? How did you deal with it?