What is stress?

Some people seem to thrive on stress while others dread it. Stress is a natural part of life and for some, it can be a good thing the motivation they need to get going. Stress is the body’s way of responding to any demand, challenge, or change in one’s environment that could prove harmful or dangerous to the body.

Stress isn’t always a bad thing. People who thrive under pressure have an internal state of alertness and awareness, a positive outlook, and a willingness to take on challenges. Stress can be a good thing. But stress can also be bad. People who are stressed tend to be more likely to have health problems and anxiety in general.

The first step of stress management is to identify the source of stress. Identifying this can be challenging as the cause of stress may be something as simple as being late for an important meeting or something more serious like a sick relative.

Once you’ve identified the cause of your stress, try – if possible – to put plans into place to reduce those levels. But try to bear in mind that some things are simply out of our control.

Causes of stress

  • Work
  • Relationships (both romantic and platonic)
  • Finances
  • Health issues
  • Family
  • Social situations

Symptoms of stress

  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling being overwhelmed
  • Chest pains
  • Nausea
  • Poor sleep
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Irritability

What is stress management?

Stress is a natural consequence of living in a fast-paced society. It is an important part of keeping our bodies and minds healthy, providing us with the energy we need to manage the everyday demands that life throws our way.

Stress management is about finding ways to keep your stress levels in check so that you can live a happy and healthy life. Stress management includes a variety of techniques that can help you deal with the stresses of your daily life.

No one is immune to stress and it is becoming a huge problem for us as a society. More people are feeling the pressure to work more and consume more. This is leading us towards a pandemic of a mental health crisis.

So what can we do to manage stress and prevent it from becoming a mental health crisis of our own?

Stress can be managed by

Getting outside

Fresh air is good for mental health because it can increase your ability to focus, reduce anxiety, and improve your mood. Walking outside has been proven to reduce stress and improve mood. It also helps you stay physically healthy, which in turn will help your mental health.

Listening to music

Listening to music is one of the best ways to reduce stress and calm down. It also helps you relax and focus on what’s going on around you. Music can also help you feel better by improving your mood, increasing your energy, or lowering your anxiety.

Taking up a hobby

Having a hobby is good for mental health because it gives us something to enjoy purely for enjoyment’s sake. Hobbies are also a great way to meet new people and have fun.

Try to exercise

Exercising your body is great for keeping your stress levels low and your mental health in check. Exercise can also help you feel better by increasing your energy levels, reducing stress, and improving your mood.

Setting goals

It’s often during times of high stress that people are more aware of their life goals, but sometimes there is more benefit in focusing on shorter term goals which are more achievable. Below are some ways that you can set goals for yourself and begin the process of relieving stress.

Healthy goals could include

  • Get at least 7 hours sleep a night. Sleep is a fantastic way to recharge mentally, but it is often hard to get enough sleep when you are stressed out
  • Do at least 20 minutes of exercise a day
  • Walk 10,000 steps a day
  • Eat your 5 a day of fruit and veg