You wake up from Monday to Friday at the same time, you have breakfast or if you´re late you skip it, you do everything you need before going to school, once ready you take the bus and get to school where you don´t like the classes, some classmates bully you and make fun of you, some teachers don´t like your work and no one seems interested in you, no one listens. You check social media and start comparing yourself with people that look better than you and have a better life (which is not true) and you´re surrounded by negativity the entire day, people complaining, blaming and criticizing and bombarded with negative news 24/7. This is how many of us live every day, this increases stress and it´s getting us sick.
Even when we need stress in our lives, this is not the type of stress we need and our body can only supports this type of stress for short periods of time and in small amounts but when it´s too much of it every day we get sick and this is how most of us live, with high levels of stress every day caused by school, traffic, negative news, negative people.
Also doing something you hate, or something you don´t like leads to stress the same way that working with people you don´t feel safe and comfortable with. This is a huge problem because it doesn´t matter if we´re at school or at job most of us are doing stuff we don´t like and we do it because need to not because we want to so we have high levels of stress and we don´t achieve our best work.
What you eat and the quality and quantity of sleep also have a huge impact on stress, if you get enough high quality sleep your body functions properly so you´re are able to handle situations and respond more positively compared to a night of poor sleep. If you eat highly processed foods which are full of sugar and unhealthy fats, you increase stress in your body.
Some steps you can start following today to reduce stress of life are:
1.- Avoid negative people.- Try to avoid as much as possible people who is always complaining, blaming and criticizing,
2.- Reduce the time or sources from where you read or watch news.- 10 minutes per day (maybe less) is all you need to know what´s happening on your country and the entire world,
3.- Do not take anything seriously.- Do not take comments or critiques seriously, if you can learn from them then fine, use those to learn something and get better otherwise do not get involved emotionally,
4.- Reduce the time on social media.- Reduce the time you spend on social media and stop comparing yourself to others.
5.- Eat healthy foods and avoid highly processed and refined foods that contain sugar, vegetable oils and trans fats.
I know and I understand that for you it may be difficult or impossible to avoid negative people but, I´m sure you can spend less time watching, reading or hearing the news and social media and use that time to read a book. We´re all interested on certain topics and we can find book on all different topics, you can also listen to podcast, interviews or audiobooks, the goal is to spend less time social media and watching news and use that time learning something you´re interested in that helps you grow. This reduces stress and improves your mood.
Since it´s too difficult to avoid negative people and change school or job then we need to find ways to lower stress that are in our control and one of those is food, what we eat. Try to avoid unhealthy foods and focus on eating healthy foods that contain healthy fats, fiber, minerals, vitamins to give your body the nutrients it needs so that it can function and perform better and you feel better.
This are simple steps you can start following today to help you get started but there are other strategies you can use. If you´re dealing with daily stress let us know by leaving a comment down below and Twitter which situations increases your stress and how you react to it. If there´s something you want to learn more in particular or you have any other comment feel free to share it with us, we´ll be glad to read you comments, listen to you and help you.
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