Daily Tips To Reduce Stress
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Health
Daily stress can affect your health. It has been proven that those who
don't find ways to lower their stress can develop stress-related
illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and depression.
If you have been feeling overwhelmed in your daily life because of
financial, relationship or health issues that seem insurmountable then
you need to find ways to cope so that you can lead a healthful life.
The first symptom of daily stress is depression. People who are
feeling stress often become anxious, depressed, and find quick fixes to
overcome their anxiety. Some quick fixes include food binges, either
sleeping too much or sleeping too little, anger, overreacting to
situations and excessive mood swings.
Isn't it true that there is nothing more important than your
health? Those who forget to eat often wind up feeling depressed. It is
important to eat at least two meals daily as this gives your body some
substance to create energy and this helps your body to function.
It is easy to binge on food but then you have made your body
uncomfortable and usually binging makes you feel bloated and
excessively tired. It is important to try and keep a balance on what
you eat. Balance is the key to good health.
Stress can cause excessive mood swings. This might happen at work,
someone has done something that is upsetting and you might react by
becoming depressed and your first reaction might be to express this
feeling by breaking down into tears. This is the reaction we have when
we are facing a problem we might need some help with in order to
resolve the current issues at hand.
If you are feeling depressed and tearful the first action you
should take is to drink a lot of water. Lack of water can be a factor
in memory loss and becoming excessively emotional. Drink at least 6-7
glasses of water each day.
The second action you should take is to get up and move to another
location. Take a bathroom break or take a walk outside for a few
minutes if you are at work. It is important to move to different
surroundings for a few minutes. This is because our mind associates
memories by our location, what we are seeing, and by what we are
feeling. The best action we can do is to create a different mindset by
moving to a different location so that we can absorb different mental
and physical energies.
Daily stress often leaves us unable to communicate our feelings to
those around us. Not being able to communicate when you are feeling mad
or sad is a sure sign that you are feeling hidden anger. It is easier
to walk away from the problems at hand rather than to express our
anger. To communicate our feelings means we have to acknowledge that
there is a problem we cannot or would rather not solve.
The decisions you make at this junction may be important in regards
to lowering your stress level. If you take care of the problem and find
a way to solve the problem then you no longer have to think or deal
with it. If you cannot find a solution then you need to find ways to
lower your stress level because every time you think of an unsolved
problem it takes away from the other problems you have to deal with.
It is better to start with problems you can easily solve and come
back to the problems you cannot solve right away. If you cannot find a
quick solution then take a break, walk away from the problem and come
back later. Sometimes it just takes time to solve a problem and other
times you might have to put some distance between you and the problem.
It is important to give yourself some rewards for living. Life can
be a celebration. We can celebrate life by looking closer at the colors
that are in our environment. You can enjoy a rose's scent as well as
its colorful beauty. You can enjoy the sound of a seagull as well as
your favorite music. Life is short and the best advice for lowering the
stress in your life is to live in the present, not in the past or
"Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift - which is why they call it a present."