Stress plays a real factor in our daily lives. If we let too much stress overwhelm our mind and bodies, it can definitely play a negative role on our well-being and health.
The fact is that everyone encounters stress in their life, but some of us have more stress than others. There is no way to completely cut stress out of our lives, but there are some strategies and techniques that we can use to help reduce stress.
What is Stress?
Stress is a physical, emotional or mental strain or tension that we feel when we face demanding circumstances. Stress that has a positive impact upon us – like keeping us motivated or excited – is called “eustress”, whereas the stress that has a negative impact upon us – like causing anxiety or upset – is called “distress”
When discussing stress, we’re generally referring to “distress”.
Stress can be caused by a multitude of different factors in our lives. It can be your job, family, money, kids, and relationship problems. Now that we know what stress is let’s look at cause more in depth.
Causes of Stress
Let’s take a look at some work related stress causes and factors:
- Unrealistic deadlines
- Not being happy with your job
- Working overtime
- Too much to do, not enough time to do it
- Working in dangerous surroundings
- Not having good management
- Unclear expectations for your duties
- Harassment and discriminatory practices in the workplace
- Feeling insecure about your job
Now, here are some stress causes in your life:
- Death or sickness of a loved one
- Losing a job
- Too many bills
- Getting divorced
- Getting married
- Moving to a new location
- Chronic illnesses
- Emotional problems
- Traumatic events
- Taking care of an elderly or handicapped person
These are the most basic causes of stress, however there are never-ending causes of stress that can interfere in our daily lives.
Knowing what events and factors can cause stress in your life will help you get a better understanding of how to manage it
Unfortunately, there there is no miracle cure for stress, just strategies and techniques to manage it.
Reduce your Stress
In the workplace:
- Limit interruptions that take up too much of your time, especially when you have important deadlines to meet.
- Let your other coworkers know when you don’t need to be interrupted. Send out an email to other coworkers letting them know that you need to be undisturbed for a certain time period.
- Instead of responding to emails as soon as they come in, set an automatic response to let other know you are busy during this time period.
- Get enough sleep. This is really important and most of us don’t realise just how important it is. Not getting enough sleep at night will automatically get your day off to the wrong start. You will end up feeling drained, and with no energy.
- Eat a balanced diet. Most of us are guilty of skipping breakfast, or eating an unhealthy option. Make sure you set yourself enough time in the morning to eat a nutritious breakfast, look for whole grains and protein as your priorities. You need the energy to get you throughout your day.
- Practice deep breathing techniques and meditation. These techniques can be a life saver when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Take at least 10 minutes to just relax and let your mind wander. You won’t believe the difference this can actually make.