Stress is something that affects most people in their day to day lives. It can be external stress brought on by work, events and relationships or it can be stress created within your own mind by anxiety. As a society, we seem to be perpetually stressed out and it has almost positively affected the way we view stress.
You often hear people talking about having a “high stress threshold” or ability to deal with “immense stress”. We are somehow becoming conditioned to admire these qualities and try to emulate the behaviour of others more able to deal with stress than we are. Stress management can teach us how to reduce our stress levels but it can also allow us to learn to expand the amount of stress we can deal with, this is inherently unhealthy for mental well being.
Everyday life is stressful, but does it have to be?
How we react under stress is closely related to our mental well being. Instead of embracing the fact that we are stressed and gaining some perverse achievement by piling one stress on top of another, we need to focus upon removing the feeling of stress from our lives.
What Are The Signs Of Stress?
- Negative or Depressed Feelings.
- Increased Emotional Reactions.
- Loneliness or Withdrawn Behaviour.
- Loss of Motivation, Commitment and Confidence.
- Mood Swings.
- Confusion or Indecisiveness
- Lack of Concentration
- Poor Memory
Changes To Normal Behaviour:
- Changes in Eating Habits
- Increased Smoking, Drinking or Self Medication
- Mood Swings
- Disrupted Sleep Patterns
- Nervous Behaviour
How Can I Learn To Deal With Stress Better?
It is important to be aware of stressful influences and notice them before your stress levels get out of hand. If you feel overwhelmed or feel that you are losing control of a situation, learn to recognise the signs and take a moment to slow down.
The benefit of being aware of stress and the impact it is having upon you comes with the realisation that if you catch stress early and readjust your thinking it becomes infinitely more manageable. Allowing stress to pile up upon you until you are unable to function properly is an unhealthy and dangerous habit we have all become guilty of adopting.
When addressed early stress can become manageable. If your mind is peaceful and focused your stress levels will reduce, you will become more productive, your actions will be more effective and you will be able to enjoy life more.
There is no need to worry that you will not be able to get everything done or will be unable to deal with the volume of things you are trying to achieve. Entering a calm and focussed state of mind will enable you to take action and you may well find that these positive actions allow you to effectively solve the issues causing you stress.
If you are looking to clear your mind to deal with your stress, anxiety or day to day life in a more effective way then Cathartic can help. We offer an entirely anonymous platform designed to be a safe space where anyone can share the thoughts, feelings or worries that are overwhelming them to enable positive mental well being and the ability to function without the anxiety or stress that is bringing so many of us to the point of breakdown.