In today’s world, stress seems inescapable. From work, to family, and even to social situations (not to mention health concerns), stress has a way of following us wherever we go. Whether the increasingly stressed-out society is a phenomenon of the economic crisis, the twittersphere or some other variable or combination thereof is up for debate, but what’s not up for debate is how huge a health issue stress has become.
A big element of tackling stress is to figure out what exactly is causing it. According to the APA, the biggest reasons why people are stressed include money, work, the economy, family responsibilities, relationships, family health problems, and personal health concerns, and the list goes on. It may seem obvious, but truly, taking the time to think and work through these issues (when they’re resolvable) can’t be understated.
Some degree of stress is unavoidable. In these situations, it’s best to work off the extra energy and anxiety with exercise, which according to the APA, 52% of Americans are already doing. But the full list of coping methods is inexhaustible! What matters is that you release your energy and anxieties in a positive way that makes you feel good about yourself. It could be as simple as listening to music, reading, or watching TV or even just walking/hiking or enjoying the outdoors, to name a few. What matters is that you engage in an activity to empower yourself to do something productive with your mental, emotional and physical energy.
The best news is that Americans are better understanding the effect of stress on mental and physical health, even if stress has been an increasing trend in our society. For most stressful situations, maintaining a healthy diet can do wonders for your body and your mind, and sleeping enough is also invaluable (and helps keep you sharp and ward off other ailments as well)! And sometimes the best remedy is to simply give yourself a break! Take a minute to yourself. If none of these remedies work, consider seeing a counselor, because sometimes we have to empower ourselves to seek help as well!
Stress is a normal part of everyone’s lives– but we hope with these health tips, everyone can be a little more safe, happy, and– you got it– feel better already!