Everyone “knows” that stress is bad for us. Although, biologically speaking it has a very important function to prepare us to perform, to stimulate, or sometimes even motivate us. No matter how much we try to fight it, it is often a part of our every day life (see link) and we might not even be aware of it.
Did you know that we might feel stressed even if we are involved in activities that are perceived to be very “positive” ? These include partying, our own wedding, having a new addition to the family etc? Stress is basically a mental or emotional state that is related to strain or tension due to novel or demanding circumstances.
Here is the good news, the recent research shows that stress as such is not so damaging as it was once thought to be. It’s the thoughts and beliefs that we hold related to being stressed that can eventually “kill us”
(e.g. click here).
So, next time when you feel very stressed evaluate your thoughts and try to see the reasons behind your actions. See how your body is preparing for the big challenges and note that whatever it’s doing it tries to help you to cope. Of course if it gets too uncomfortable there are many ways how you can support yourself. Below I will list just a few examples that I have personally found very valuable.
1.) First of all, coming from the holistic point of view –we can’t function mentally if we are not taking the best possible care of our physical body. So, as a start try to eat well. This link provides some suggestions on how to battle stress.
2.) Drink enough water (approximately 2 liters per day)
3.) Exercise regularly (at least 3 times per week, for at least 30 minutes. I would suggest aerobic exercises in order to increase your heart rate). You can try for example click here.
4.) Sit down and define the stressors in your life and try to alter or avoid them
5.) Schedule some fun activities and if you can, do it with people who you love spending time with
6.) To increase physical relaxation, get a massage. For those living in The Hague I would strongly recommend Massage Sense Centre,
7.) It has been repeatedly shown how important it is to be concerned with positive psychology with the main focus on positive emotions, thoughts, and our strengths instead of weaknesses. Focus on what you have rather then constantly searching and telling yourself what is wrong with you. For more information please view this link.
8.) Learn to accept certain things that you have no control over and are unable to change them. Let go of anger and practice your forgiveness.