It seems like every day there are more things to be stressed about. Will you get to work on time? Did you remember to feed the dog? Is the car making a strange noise? How long has it been since you made it to the gym?
Believe it or not, stress is a vital element of human biological functions. Before food was available in abundance and man had largely isolated himself from predators, stress saved human lives. Adrenaline, a chemical produced by stress, allowed threatened humans to run faster from larger, more violent animals, and kept man moving towards new food sources when starvation was eminent.
This physiological response, however, is now applied to stressors from modern society, producing irritable moods, high blood pressure, and a host of other mental and physical problems. Stressed humans often suffer from illnesses, depression, fluctuating weight and general discontent.
There are two types of stress – physical stressors and mental stressors. Physical stressors are those things that tax your body, while their mental counterparts take a toll on one’s emotional processes. Both of these stress-types can effect one’s quality of life both short-term and on a larger scale. Though these factors can take a deep and sometimes lasting toll on an individual, there are measures that can be taken to mitigate or eliminate the stressors. Finding ways to remove stressors, limit your time with anxiety-inducing elements, and searching out methods of relaxation can all help you lead a happier and more balanced life.
It is impossible to eliminate all the things in life that cause stress, but learning to track and evaluate stressors can help you to deal with those things which cause to emotional and physical anxiety.
Reducing the impact of those stressors that cannot be eliminated and refraining from overcommitting yourself can help you to maintain a healthy balance in life. This is called ‘chronic stress,’ and often calls for several measures. Acceptance, which is arguably the most difficult part of dealing with unmovable stressors, can help you to focus your energy on the things that you can control. Maintaining your health – getting exercise, keeping a good diet, and eliminating harmful substances – can also go a long way for helping you deal with chronic stress.