Stress, a term that is often repeated by medical professionals, as well as laypersons (those of us who have not been trained in the medical field) as the primary cause of various mental and physical problems.
Such problems can range from weakness, confusion, frequent illness and other physical and psychological conditions, some of which have been known to be very painful. Stress has been identified as one of the world’s leading causes of self-induced physical and emotional deficiencies.
So what causes stress?
Stress can be brought on by a number of circumstances and/or events, some of which are beyond the individual’s control, while others are not. For example, societal activities depicted on TV like crime, violence, drunk driving and polluted air are some stress-inducing elements none of us can control individually.
On the other hand, too much debt, a bad relationship, TV shows that could be harmful to children and the health and well-being of children are elements we can control and remove such stress that might otherwise result if we did not take steps to control them.
What are the different kinds of stress?
There are many kinds of stress that can cause you problems; like the acute stress which is a short term problem which may normally last for a short period, but could carry forward if not attended to (treated or corrected).
Overstressing yourself must be avoided at all costs, as one of the most common occurrences of acute stress is when the individual attempts to change things they have no control over and therefore cannot change. To avoid such a condition from developing you should take steps to change ONLY those things you can change, and learn to accept the others.
We all deal with everyday challenges and, as such, we must learn to take each challenge as a learning experience. We all also have to pay bills, we have to work, and we have other responsibilities we much deal with constantly; but being able to accept them as part of life and deal with (manage) them in an appropriate and responsible way is the best way to prevent ourselves from being developing stress.
We all have to face them, and although there are times we do not have the money to pay bills, the remedy for those situations is learning how to budget thereby relieving you of stress. Even the loss of a job does not have to be as stressful a situation as some tend to treat it as. Instead of sweating the problem (inducing stress), do something about it, by taking steps to get another job.
Children these days are increasing stress for parents as many modern-day teenagers are difficult to manage. Again, sometimes the problems surrounding our childern are out of our control, like for example, a child’s illness – mental and otherwise – which must be dealt with by seeking the appropriate medical attention, and providing wht care you can in accordance with that which is recommended.
When you feel chronic stress, burned out and do not see hope, it is time to seek help for yourself. Your doctor or mental health expert can help you manage stress emerging from difficulty in all areas, including your seemingly hard-to-control teenagers.
How to reduce stress
You can reduce stress by managing, planning and setting goals. When you have something to look forward to, it improves your personal life. The first thing you want to consider while planning and setting goals is the truth about those goals and objectives as well as your capabilities and skills.
According to the old adage, “the truth will set you free.” Everything you do in life should uphold the truth. If you are not sure, research to learn the truth, and then you can take many steps to reduce stress.
To improve your life and reduce stress you may want to consider education. If you lack skills, experience or education you will benefit by returning to school. You want to avoid setting traps for your memory and intelligence, since the emotions play unhealthy games if you allow it.
What I mean is you want to avoid telling yourself I cannot do it. Life is too hard. Understand that life is easier if you learn to think positive.
How you choose to improve your personal life is up to you; but you might need to consult with your inner counselor to learn what you need, what you are lacking, and the steps you can take to improve your personal life. If you are unsure, seek feedback. Feedback is the key that quite possible can lead you to achieve success.