LONG TERM STRESS - WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO AVOID IT & HOW TO AVOID IT


Frank Herbert, Dune said, "the mind can go either direction under stress—toward the positive or toward the negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyper consciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training."

Long term stress can be so bothersome, that it affects your daily live negatively - your work life, personal relationships, mental health, etc. In life, it's imperative to avoid being stressed over a long period, whenever possible, when you're stressed you always tend to be tensed emotionally or physically. Also, when you're stressed, probably as a result of a bad experience or thought, that makes you feel sad, angry, frustrated, or nervous over time you can feel anxious - anxiety. And anxiety is bad for your health. 

Stress can be a positive factor in your life when it helps you meet deadlines, work on projects efficiently and faster, but when you're stressed for an extended period, then there's a problem. 

Best ways to manage stress.

Here are a few ways you can manage stress effectively when you feel affected by it - either emotionally or physically.
  • Sleep properly. 
The importance of sleep can never be overstated, whenever you feel stressed, and it's affecting you negatively, try sleeping properly, because when you feel stressed over a long period, you can easily develop insomnia, and this can affect your health negatively. 

It's good you have a good sleep routine, for at least 7-9 hours daily, if you're an adult, and more so, it's important to know, your room being super clean, cool and dark, can make you fall asleep easily, whenever you don't feel sleepy. Also, avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before your bedtime.
  • Have a healthy diet and eat healthily.
Having a healthy diet - the sum of food you consume - is super vital in helping you avoid long-term stress. It builds your immune system, lowers your blood sugar and levels your mood. It has been proven that nutrients like Vitamin C, Magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids can help in reducing stress, so it's good if you eat foods or stick to a diet that has these nutrients in them.
  • Exercise regularly.
Simple exercises like running, swimming, jogging, cycling helps a lot in reducing stress, and how this happens, is that exercise stimulates your body to release hormones like endorphins and endocannabinoids that can sedate you, stop the pain, and improve your sleep, thus reducing stress or even stopping you from feeling stressed. Most times people who tend to exercise regularly feel less stressed and anxious. 

Conclusively, doing yoga, meditating, connecting with good people, and behaving in the best way possible I.E your behaviour and attitude towards people, can help in reducing stress a whole lot.

Most importantly, try calming yourself, stress is normal, and it's part of what makes us human, just do these few things listed above, and I guarantee you wouldn't feel stressed. 

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