“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James
A huge part of enjoying every day life is reducing stress and vice versa.
The more you love your life, the less stressed out you are and the less stressed you are, the more you love your life. Thus, preventing stress will definitely enhance the quality of your life. Recognizing strategies for managing stress in your life is an essential part of enjoying yourself. If you can find a couple of big issues creating the majority of your worries, then address them. Whether it’s a nerve-racking job or a tense relationship, there are always other choices available and you should select the alternatives that make you a happier person. You know the sense you get when something major which has been looming over your head and causing you to lose sleep gets settled? It’s like a large weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Learn to deal with these issues swiftly rather than allowing them to marinate inside your mind and devour your life. Folks often worry too much and the actual outcomes are generally never as bad as initially feared.
Don’t sweat the tiny stuff.
If it’s a bunch of smaller things that is causing you stress, you will need to learn to disregard them. Have you ever been stressed out by a spilled beverage or rush hour traffic? I know I have. When something like this arises, ask yourself a couple of questions. Is this really that bad? Is this a life-altering scenario? What’s the worst thing that can come of this? The majority of the time, the answers will reassure you and you can loosen up and not worry about it. When we let trivial irritations get to us and stress us out, the cumulative effect of this is far more damaging than you think. I realize some individuals let little issues stress them out more than others, and those that do need to make an attempt to change for their own good. Regular stress goes beyond just not enjoying your life. It may have some severe long-term consequences.
Persistent stress is hazardous to your health.
In our caveman days, the stress reaction was a valuable thing as it could help save our lives. When we were faced with life-threatening scenarios, the fight-or-flight reaction took over and got us out of peril. Today, we are rarely faced with situations of this magnitude, but we still treat far less serious predicaments as if they are of this magnitude. When this occurs, the body reacts with fight-or-flight and releases cortisol, the “stress hormone”. Reacting to conditions that aren’t stressful as if they are stressful triggers the exact same response and it is this needless overuse of the fight-or-flight reaction that is bad for us. Ongoing release of cortisol resulting from chronic stress (or regular interpretations of everyday events as stress) has adverse effects on the body including decreased immunity and the tendency to store abdominal fat which can lead to a variety of obesity-related health issues.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Many folks incorrectly believe that introverts don’t like being around other people and extroverts do. This isn’t true. The difference between the two has to do more with what kinds of social occasions make you feel more like yourself. Introverts tend to run in smaller social groups with just a few close-knit people and feel stimulated and vibrant when they are either in such groups or on their own. Extroverts feed off of abundant social interactions with lots of different people at all times. As an introvert, I prefer to attend a small get together with a few good friends over a huge party with a lot of random people. In fact, if a gathering includes even a few random folks that I don’t know well, it has less appeal to me. On the other hand, an extrovert can easily enter a crowded bar or party without knowing anybody and fit right in.
So which are you?
The answer will play a large part in how you develop your own strategies for managing stress and reenergize yourself. If you’re an introvert, you may be more content spending a quiet evening at your home by yourself to relax and unwind. If you are an extrovert, staying in might make you unsettled and further on-edge. Everyone, at the very least, ought to know themselves well enough to know the things that keep them happy and unstressed. Once you know, it’s just a matter of doing. Make an effort to do these things and don’t worry too much about what other people think. There are always exceptions, but if I don’t feel like doing something, I usually won’t do it. Life is too short to spend it hanging out with people you don’t like and doing things you don’t want to do. It’s amazing how simply living in accordance with your values and who you are can make life more enjoyable.