Shifting From Stress to Stress-LessMay 17, 2019
Stress is a constant in virtually all of our lives. It creeps up on us in so many ways, from pressures at work to relationship strife at home. Some stressful moments are harder to handle than others, but regardless of the size or scale of your challenges, there’s no easy way to work through anxiety.
Learning how to manage stress can be among your biggest advantages in life, teaching you patience, inner strength, and concentration to rise above the stressful situations. This is what you need to know to shift from stressed to stress-less.
Identify Your Triggers
While there are some universal stressors, like trouble at work, many people have unique triggers that are determined by both lifestyle and past experiences. For example, some parents may be stressed by their children crying, while college students may find themselves full of anxiety at exam time.
In general, stress manifests in two different ways: acute stress and chronic stress. Acute stress, also known as your body’s fight or flight response, is an immediate physical reaction to a perceived threat, scare, or challenge. Something short-term and imminent, like a job interview, can trigger this kind of stress, resulting in symptoms like increased heart rate, stomach discomfort, and headaches. For most people, periodic acute stress doesn’t contribute to any serious or enduring health problems.
Chronic stress, on the other hand, can be a much larger issue. Occurring over a longer time frame and in a more persistent way, chronic stress, such as stress caused by an ongoing project at work you aren’t handling well, can be more serious. With symptoms like insomnia, headaches, anxiety, and even heart problems, targeting chronic stress should be a priority.
Identifying triggers can help you anticipate when feelings of stress will arise, helping you to plan ahead to avoid stressful situations or to minimize reactions in the moment. If, for example, you feel anxiety when your boss watches you work, you can acknowledge this, plan accordingly, and improve your responses to the situation.
Seek Long-Term Treatment
Learning how to manage your stress isn’t always the kind of thing you can do on your own. While simple techniques, like meditation and breathing exercises, can temporarily alleviate symptoms, they won’t make a lasting impression. Instead, targeted therapies to treat stress, anxiety, and even depression can be used to move past problematic symptoms and encourage overall wellness.
Treatment is extremely important in addressing the adverse effects of stress on overall health. The good news, however, is that at Infinite Health, we empower you to shift from stressed to stress-less! This doesn’t mean that your life will suddenly be completely stress-free, but it does mean that no matter what is going on around you, you will no longer be victimized or have your health compromised by the crushing grip of stress.
At Infinite Health, we want you to understand how to manage stress in the best possible ways. Please contact us to learn more about our approach to stress management.