It’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed every now and then. After all, life’s busy and tends to be a juggle between competing tasks that demand your attention, often at exactly the same time.
But how can you combat that feeling of stress?
Well, when the heart starts pounding, your muscles tighten and it’s hard to know where to direct your attention next, these are the top tips for combatting stress.
There’s a very real physiology to that feeling of stress as part of a base human reaction that is designed to help you respond to a threat.
When you sense danger, real or imagined, your body begins releasing the hormone cortisol in a bid to help you become more focused, more energetic, and more alert.
In a situation of real danger, this can help save your life, giving you the acumen to respond quickly and the strength to fight off a physical threat.
It can also help you rise to a challenge, providing the edge you need to make that speech or a critical decision at work.
The trouble is, in today’s busy world where we are ‘switched on’ all the time, responding to constant phone calls, texts, deadlines and demands, the sensation of stress can become our default setting, and that has very real repercussions for our health.
A little stress every now and then is completely normal, after all, as we’ve mentioned above it has a purpose to serve.
It’s when stress becomes consistent and your default position that there’s a bit of a problem at play.
Signs you might be experiencing stress overload include:
Physically, it may also present as aches and pains, chest pains, nausea and dizziness, more regular colds and flu, and also diarrhea or constipation.
This is not meant to scare anyone, but the long-term effects of stress are well documented.
Constant exposure to stress impacts our immune system, and also exacerbates or leaves us more prone to issues like:
So how do you address the issue?
Managing or combatting stress comes down to investing in the key pillars of human health: getting enough rest, embracing a healthy diet, and partaking in regular exercise.
But there are also some further strategies that can assist.
You can find a link to the Australian Government’s resources on handling stress, including helpful contacts here.