We´ve all been in stressful situations and some of us every day, as we saw in the last post there are different types of stress or different levels, many of us consider all types of stress bad but we actually need some of it.
We all know that stress is bad for us and it have a negative impact on our health but not all stress is bad, we need some of it to grow, to get stronger but we need to know how to identify when stress is good and when it´s bad so that we can respond accordingly.
Bad stress or the type of stress that can have a negative impact on our body and health comes from doing something we don´t like and spending time with people we don´t feel comfortable which is what happens to most of us on a daily basis whether we´re at school or job.
High levels of stress for long periods of time which is chronic stress is the type of stress that is bad for us. If we wake up late in the morning, we´re stuck in traffic, we get late to our job, our boss don´t like our work, our coworkers spend most time blaming and criticizing so the entire day we´re dealing with negativity it becomes cumulative this is why stress is so bad for us, we get to a point where our body can´t deal with that much stress for long periods of time and we get sick.
If we add to our daily stress that when we wake up every morning we get stressed by thinking of all the bills we need to pay, how many days we got left before the next paycheck, hope that our boss don´t fire us and we don´t even like what we do then it make sense that our health is not as best as it could.
The points I made in the last paragraphs are some of the situations that keep our levels of stress high for long periods of time and we´ve got use to them, that is bad stress that type of stress is the one that have a negative impact on our lives and our health.
We won´t be able to eliminate stress completely from our lives but we need to learn how to cope with it, some steps we can take to reduce it are:
1. Make sure you wake up early each morning and have time to do everything you need to do before going to work. Set the alarm clock 10 or 15 minutes earlier, leave everything you need ready the night before,
2. Try to get out of the house earlier to avoid traffic,
3. Don´t take any comments from anyone personal,
4. When you feel stressed during the day take 5 or 6 deeps breathes and focus on inhale and exhale,
5. Take some minutes every night before going to bed to meditate and take all the negative stuff from your mind.
Actually the best step we can take to lower stress is avoid negative people and negative environments, avoid situations that we know are going to stress us but for most of us this is impossible because we need the job so the 5 steps will help. If you have the possibility to get another job where you can do what you love that´s great, the best thing that could happen to us is loving our job, loving what we do and working in a place where the relationship with our team and coworkers help us grow and learn.
Since we´re living very stressful lives and for some of us is hard to completely change our lives from one day to another we need to find ways to lower it and understand that not all stress is bad, many of us confuse pressure with stress and many of us want to avoid completely all types of stress and this is wrong, some stress is beneficial and pressure is not that bad if we don´t let it turn into stress.
In many cases how we react to a situation makes it worse, if we take everything too seriously and we always think about the worst case scenario we´re increase stress for not real reason so one thing you can do today is stop taking everything too seriously, there are things or stuff that happen on a daily basis that won´t have an impact on the long run, if someone cut you off on traffic and you get angry it will only increase your stress so instead of reacting just move on, that person may have an emergency or he/she is just being rude and that´s how he/she is so don´t let that action affect you.
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