Stress isn’t new. At one point or another, we’ve all experienced some form of stress in our lives, whether that be from work, family, health, and more. There’s no escaping stress, but there are ways for you to reduce the effects so your health doesn’t suffer.
To begin stress-reduction techniques, you have to first understand the effects. Then, determine the type of stress you’re experiencing.
How does stress affect you?
Stress doesn’t affect everyone in the same way. While some people can easily detect when they’re feeling overwhelmed, others cannot. For some people, the effects are obvious—fatigue, irritability, and anger are easily detected symptoms. But what about those people who aren’t even aware that they’re overwhelmed?
For some people, it’s hard to turn “off” and give their minds and bodies time to relax because they’re so accustomed to being in high-tension situations.
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Digestive issues, chest tightness, and even tooth pain can be side effects of stress?
Along with other common symptoms like headaches, hair loss, insomnia, and lack of appetite—chronic stress is a crucial condition. While some of the symptoms like hair thinning or headaches can be easily fixed with hair loss treatment like Minoxidil or over-the-counter medications like aspirin, please don’t write them off. It’s still important to address the underlying cause, which could be stress.
These symptoms can be an indicator of 3 different types of stress and can have a crucial impact on your health.
Types of stress
Acute stress usually occurs after experiencing a traumatic event, or just one stressful event. It can happen suddenly and leave you in a state of unrest. Usually, acute stress lasts for less than a month, but that doesn’t mean it comes without consequence.
During this time people are prone to anxiety, disassociation, and tend not to feel more positive emotions. It can be hard to navigate acute stress and can lead to more severe issues if not addressed.
Episodic acute stress
This stage occurs when you experience acute stress on multiple occasions. It’s usually common for people who have very demanding jobs or difficult personal situations that aren’t easily resolved. These people can feel as if they are constantly bouncing back and forth between stressful situations with barely any time for themselves.
Chronic stress is worrying because that means that your body and mind are constantly under pressure. You may feel as if there is never an end to the amount of pressure you’re under and this long-term condition can result in various health problems.
Stress can trigger the release of adrenaline, and constant adrenaline release can result in high blood pressure, heart problems, and more.
Techniques to try
Have a spa day
This is simply a way for you to indulge in some uninterrupted self-care time.
An at-home spa day may be exactly what you need to reduce some of the less severe stressors in life. Since you’ll most likely be spending the bulk of your spa time in the bathroom, make sure that the space is clean. The cleaner your space is, the easier it should be to relax.
Set the tone by putting on some music you find calming, lighting a few candles, and drawing a warm bath. For added benefit, place a bath fizzer in the water to bring in a nice aroma and some tranquil vibes.
Follow up with a massage
While you can get a professional massage done at a salon, giving yourself one instead can be just as effective, if not more. The massage you give yourself doesn’t have to be too advanced. Simply rubbing your neck and shoulders with slight pressure can relieve tension and increase relaxation.
Don’t forget to massage your legs, calves, and feet as well to make sure you’re addressing every part of your body that may be causing discomfort. When massaging yourself, consider using a sustainable body lotion with a natural ingredient like lavender to enhance the therapeutic benefits.
For more tips, read our post Steps to Sustainable Self-Care.
Write in a journal
When you’re overwhelmed, it can be difficult to make sense of everything you’re feeling. Writing in a journal can help you with that.
Writing in a journal can help you express everything you’re feeling free of judgment. You’re getting to vent your frustrations in a comfortable situation which is important for many individuals.
Writing down how you are feeling daily can help you determine your triggers. It will also give you insight into what is causing you to be unhappy, so you can deal with it properly. You can try to deal with the issue on your own or even visit an online psychiatrist if you need an impartial opinion on the best course of action to take.
Sometimes it can be easy to forget to find the joys in life. Stress has a way of consuming your thoughts, energy, and time. It can consume you so much that you find yourself laughing less and less. Don’t let stress win! Try to laugh or find joy in something at least once every day.
Laughter has been found to release endorphins, relieve your stress response, and improve overall mood. So, whether you turn on a comedy show you love, visit that hilarious loved one, or talk to your funny coworker, find the humour in life.
Why laughter is the best medicine
Research by National Library of Medicine shows that there are positive links between laughter and health. So much so, that at one point people wanted to turn it into a exercise called “laughter yoga.”