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Guest post by Adrienne Carlson.
It’s worse than the fattiest of foods in making you fat, and it’s more lethal than most diseases in sending you to the hospital; in fact, stress is one of the most dangerous enemies of good health. All of us are subject to stress in some form or the other as we go about our lives, but only a few of us are skilled at managing this curse without letting it affect us physically and mentally. While a small amount of stress is necessary to get our adrenaline flowing and keep us on our toes, too much of this and we end up paying for it heavily. Because stress is a regular part of life, we need to know how to cope with it rather than try to avoid it. And to this end, here’s how you can do exactly that:
- Don’t keep it bottled up inside: When something bad happens and you feel heavy inside, it’s best to let it out. Some people find that crying is therapeutic while others prefer to talk to someone they trust. Yet others feel better after they vent their feelings on someone or something – they scream or bang a door to reduce the stress they feel inside. Whatever works for you, find it and use it to deal with stress and get it out of your system.
- Know how to relax: Learn to leave the office at the office and your personal life at home in order to prevent the stress associated with one from spilling over into the other area. You end up losing your peace of mind in the process. Practice mental techniques that help you compartmentalize your life and deal with each separately. Know what helps you relax and unwind after a stressful day or experience – you may find music soothing or prefer to read a book. Either way, the choice is yours, so find something that helps you clear your mind and sleep peacefully.
- Learn to let go: If there are issues in your life that are not to your liking or problems that you cannot seem to solve, learn to let go. Sometimes, things have a way of clearing up by themselves. So if you know that you are helpless in solving a problem, don’t attempt to solve it at all. Forget about it so that it does not compound to your misery by keeping you stressed out all the time.
- Reduce your expectations: There are times when high expectations lead to stress, especially when they involve relationships. When your expectations and desires are not met, you tend to feel stressed and tense, and this makes you irritable. Instead, lower your expectations and learn to be satisfied with what you have instead of wanting more and more.
- Accept what you cannot change: There are some situations that you cannot change and some people who never will. So instead of grumbling and complaining all the time, accept them for what and who they are. This helps you avoid a whole lot of unnecessary stress.
It’s not easy dealing with stress, but when you condition your mind to do it, it becomes more of a habit than something that is difficult to achieve.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of physical therapy assistant schools. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.