Stress is a normal part of life, but too much stress can take a toll on our physical and mental health. On International Stress Awareness Day, we encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on their stress levels and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
What is stress?
Stress is a physical and emotional response to a perceived threat or demand. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as work, school, relationships, finances, and health problems.
Symptoms of stress
Stress can manifest in a variety of ways, including:
- Physical symptoms: headaches, stomachaches, muscle tension, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite
- Emotional symptoms: anxiety, irritability, sadness, depression, difficulty concentrating
- Behavioral symptoms: overeating, substance abuse, social withdrawal, changes in sleep patterns
There are a variety of things you can do to manage stress, including:
- Identify your stressors and triggers. Once you know what your stressors are, you can start to develop strategies for dealing with them.
- Make time for relaxation and self-care. Schedule some time each day to do something you enjoy, such as reading, listening to music, or spending time with loved ones.
- Get regular exercise. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall health.
- Get enough sleep. When you’re well-rested, you’re better able to cope with stress.
- Talk to someone you trust. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to a friend, family member, or therapist.
If you’re struggling to manage stress on your own, please seek professional help. A therapist can teach you coping skills and strategies to deal with stress in a healthy way.
Here are a few additional tips for managing stress:
- Take breaks. Get up and move around every 20-30 minutes, or take a few minutes to close your eyes and relax.
- Learn to say no. It’s okay to say no to extra work or commitments if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Delegate tasks. If you have too much on your plate, ask for help from others.
- Avoid negative people and situations. Surround yourself with positive people and activities that make you feel good.
- Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. There are many different ways to practice mindfulness, such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing.
Remember, you are not alone. Everyone experiences stress from time to time. But there are things you can do to manage stress and protect your health.
If you’re struggling to manage stress on your own, reach out to us. Call/WhatsApp 0745562108 or visit www.hisia.co.ke