Even our hobbies and passions can be a source of stress.
It’s sometimes easier to just soldier on and not address the stress you’re under when you have tasks to accomplish and things to take care of, but over time, that stress can build and produce serious consequences.
This is why you really need to manage your stress.
Focus and Productivity
Because practical things often are the easiest to deal with amid stress, we’ll begin there. Stress impacts the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which affects decision making, memory, and focus.
This means that people who are stressed are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting work done. And although some people work well on the fight-or-flight adrenaline rush that comes with stress, for others, productivity decreases.
So you may want to reconsider if you are not dealing with your stress in order to get more work done.
Stress affects almost the entire body, which is not terribly detrimental in short bursts, but chronic stress has a way of wearing down the body.
To name a few aspects of your physical health that are negatively impacted by stress, you become more prone to heart disease, diabetes, ulcers, and obesity; you may experience tension headaches and nausea; and your immune system functions diminish, leaving you more prone to sickness.
Another part of the body that’s impacted by stress is the reproductive system, and chronic stress can affect a couple’s ability to conceive.
The feeling of fear associated with stress isn’t the only way that stress influences your emotional well-being.
Constantly being thrown under the wheels of stress can lead to depression and anxiety, not to mention a rise in irritability and anger.
This can disturb personal relationships and make it even harder to seek help.
Quick Tips to Manage Stress
Stress is a normal part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to suck it up and pretend you aren’t feeling it or assume you have to be crushed under its weight.
The first part of managing stress is recognizing you really need to manage your stress and identifying the source of your stress.
Taking time to figure out how to control the situation (or accepting that you can’t) may help relieve stress.
Taking care of yourself physically may also help relieve stress. Exercising, getting enough sleep, eating a good diet, and taking supplements or CBD oil can all help relieve stress.
And don’t forget to take time away from the things that are stressing you out to enjoy the things you love.