Stress Prevention For Everyday Life
Healing our souls at the source
Here we are, at a topic that is tremendously common in most of our everyday lives. It’s something that we face, and often have to combat, almost every hour, and every minute, of our waking lives. Not to mention that it’s not just waking lives, as even when we’re asleep, sometimes we’re stressing in our nightmares. Or, stress itself can do even more. It can just stop our ability to sleep instead.
Just because stress is so often a visitor and so common an occurrence. does that mean that it just has to be accepted? What bottom line, if any, do we have to agree to? No offense intended, but why do we seem to so often lay down to the stress we face, and the stress within us?
The stress that we are dealt with everyday in our lives, is laid out in a sort of way that makes it present itself as normal, and average. Something that we are all pretty much stuck with.
I have covered the topic of stress often throughout my time as an author. I realized we often spend a majority of time trying to “fix” already existing negative things. What do I mean? Well, it seems like we can easily research and find many answers for dealing with stress, and treating stress. But, can we take one step back, and try something different?
What I am referring to preventing stress before it comes to life. Don’t treat it. Prevent it. In our hustle and bustle world many detrimental things creep up onto us, like flames burning down a house. But what if, instead of a house burning, we chose fire prevention? It works with the fire service. Why shouldn’t it with stress?
Taking care of our mental and physical health is a good place to start for stress prevention. There is no one healthy thing we should focus on. Instead, a general plan of health, with a decent effort put forth, should begin guiding us where we want to go. Don’t forget, this includes quality sleep, every night. A sleep routine that lacks consistent quality will absolutely catch up to us quick.
Keep your circle of trusted loved ones involved with your life, and how you are feeling. Obviously, I have always been an advocate for writing down our feelings we’re experiencing. But if you are not one for writing or journaling, then keep your people in the loop. Don’t get to a point where you we begin suffering in silence.
Expressing yourself is not a form of weakness.
Although we do need to make time for work and commitments, we still need to also focus on making time for relaxing, and unwinding. Devoting some spare time to relaxing, as well as activities and hobbies you enjoy, will give you the chance to reset on a regular basis. That prepares us better for our work ahead of us, and it keeps the quality of our health at a much better place.
Relaxation is not laziness.
Don’t spend time being hard on yourself, bullying yourself, or berating yourself. We are often our worst enemies and critics, and while we may never be able to totally stop that, we have to remember that there is a big difference between getting constructive with our self improvement, and stomping all over our self esteem. Give yourself the kind of treatment that you would expect and want your closest loved ones to receive.
Again, let’s remember the focus here, is turning from treating, to preventing. A method that works beyond just the subject of stress. It’s something that I believe should be ideas much better approached with many health topics.
I have been a proponent for a long time of this method of handling problems before they not only grow, but before they actually are given birth. This is why we need to work hard on learning about the situations in the past that caused stress, and what kind of actions were successful in combating stress. This can all grow good value and depth, to a plan that has a strong ability to pay off.
Michael Patanella is a Trenton, New Jersey Author, Publisher, Columnist and Recovering Addict, covering topics of mental health, addiction, sobriety, mindfulness, self-help, faith, spirituality, Smart Recovery, social advocacy, and many other motivational topics. His articles, memoirs and stories are geared towards being a voice for the voiceless. Helping others out there still struggling.