Life can be highly stressful even if you don’t have any major problems to deal with. It’s been recognized that with the abundance of opportunity today’s world provides, people’s lives have become busier than ever. If you’re combining working, family life, socializing, maybe studying, traveling, and hobbies as well, you’ll know how full each day can be. With very little time left for just kicking back and letting the world go by, it’s no surprise to learn that stress has become a major health problem across the world. In order to manage your stress and avoid the negative effects it can have, you need to learn how to fit some R&R into your daily life.
Why you should be worried about stress
Having a little stress now and then is no bad thing at all. It can be motivating, and helps you make decisions, take actions, and perform at your best. This is due to the release of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline when you feel under pressure. They act to heighten your awareness and prepare you to flee from predators, which would have been the main concern of our primitive ancestors. While marauding Smilodon may not be an issue any longer, any event that gives rise to anxiety will result in the release of the same hormones. The problem arises when this happens on a continual basis, leading to a situation where you are chronically stressed, and your body is trying to cope with a constant flow of hormones that are not designed to be ever-present in your system. This is when stress starts causing mental and physical health problems.
Finding ways to de-stress
To avoid the effects of chronic stress, you need to find a way of relaxing that you can fit into your schedule and make a regular habit. The most often recommended methods of de-stressing include exercise, meditation, and occupying yourself with a diverting pastime such as reading, doing puzzles, or watching a gripping TV program. For many people, these activities either don’t appeal in the first place, or don’t seem to be effective, so what are the alternatives? Using alcohol and narcotics as methods of relaxation may provide some temporary relief, but the negative health effects far outweigh the damage stress can cause, so in the long run, your health will suffer even more. You could consider a modern alternative such as vaping, which has become enormously popular in recent years. The range of vape devices and vape juice flavors is now extensive, and you may find this is a more appealing way of relaxing than others you’ve tried. Another effective alternative to try is diverting your mind onto a new or all-absorbing activity, like taking part in an extreme sport or learning to play chess for example. Switching your attention to an activity that requires your full attention is a surprisingly effective method of combating stress.
When you think about methods of reducing the stress you’re under, don’t be constrained by conventional approaches. Finding ways to relax is a deeply personal journey, so try different ways to de-stress until you find the ones that work for you.