Feeling Overwhelmed and Stressed Out All the Time?

Stress Can Cause Damage to Your Body. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Understand Mental and Physical Stress

Stress is when you feel tense, either physically or mentally. The reasons can vary from person to person. Sometimes stress can come from big, sudden changes in life, having too many responsibilities, overwhelming pressure from peers, financial problems, relationship issues, or mental or physical illnesses. However, the biggest cause of stress, according to the APA, is work. Job-related uncertainties are the main perpetrators of chronic stress in the majority of adults in the U.S. Another cause is caring for someone with chronic illness. Physical symptoms of stress, no matter the reason, are similar and common in everyone. If you’re stressed out, you’ll likely experience the following physical symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Increased irritability
  • Isolation
  • Memory issues
  • Disinterest
Stress is When You Feel Tense, Either Physically or Mentally (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Stressed Out? Try Mindfulness Exercises

The best way to reduce stress is by exercising. Physical activity makes your brain release happy chemicals. It serves as a beneficial distraction from everyday worries. For example, when you’re running, you’re focused on your body’s movement instead of the tasks pending and piling up. This allows you to shift your mindset from overwhelmed to relaxed, to focus on one thing at a time, and to break through the crowd of thoughts in your head. If you’re stressed out and can’t find a way to detach yourself from that loop-hole, set off on a run or do a short cardio workout. Regular exercise will prevent overwhelming stress from occurring in the first place.

The Best Way to Reduce Stress is By Exercising (Image Source: Shutterstock)
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Good Habits to Work On

What you give your body should be proportionate to what you do with it. If your work requires lifting a lot of heavy items, you should build up muscle and eat a protein-rich diet. You might be getting stressed out because your body does not have the capacity to do more. When this happens, don’t berate yourself. Instead, pay special attention to your body whenever you have either mental stress or physical stress. Pain is your body’s way of signalling it needs more fuel. Negativity is not fuel, it’s poison. Mindfulness, a bit of positivity, self-care rituals, a good diet, and exercise are the things your body is asking for. Give them to yourself the way you would give medicine to someone sick.

Pay Attention to Your Body Whenever You Have Mental Stress (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Conclusion

Stress is your body’s natural fight or flight response to problems. You’re probably very familiar with the causes of your stress — you think about them for hours on end, after all. It only becomes serious when it continues for weeks and you start seeing symptoms of depression and anxiety. The good news is, it’s treatable. Small changes in your lifestyle can make big changes in your future. Start small, with a few regular mindfulness exercises, and slowly pick up good habits along the way. You are your best cure.

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