How often do you feel stressed? How are you dealing with it? Does it bother you in your daily life? Is it motivating or depressing for you? Does it let you sleep at night?
In today's rapidly changing world, chronic stress is becoming the bread and butter. The sheer volume of duties at work, a malicious boss, being late for an important meeting, exam, quarrel, credit taken out, fear for the health of our loved ones - these are just some of the situations that cause us anxiety.
Hans Selye, the physician who introduced the concept of stress, describes its course in several phases:
- The alarm phase - the initial one in which we confront the new situation. There are two sub-phases in it: the shock stage and the shock counteracting stage, in which the individual undertakes defense efforts;
- Adaptation phase - in which the body learns to deal effectively with the stressor. If successful, everything returns to normal, if not, phase three follows;
- The exhaustion phase - in which chronic stress leads to the exhaustion of immune resources. As a consequence, it can lead to numerous diseases.
What can we do to better cope with stressful situations? How to counteract them? There are at least a few solutions!
- Get into sports - regular exercise can improve your mood and distract you from worries. Running, swimming, dancing, strength training, functional training - the choice is yours.
- Stimulate your senses - relax with good music? Coffee drunk in the morning on the terrace? Or maybe stroking your pet? Everyone reacts differently to sensory stimuli, so experiment to find what works best for you!
- Learn to relax - It is virtually impossible to eliminate stress completely from your life, but you can learn to control it. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help you with this. Do them regularly and your quality of life will improve.
- Eat healthy - if you think food doesn't affect your stress level then… you are very wrong. Eating a diet full of processed foods can further aggravate anxiety, while a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, high-quality protein, and omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to a better response to life's ups and downs.
- Try supplements - Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng recommended in times of stress and fatigue), Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea extract, containing a number of adaptogenic and healing properties, including: helping to maintain mental health, alleviating anxiety, increasing resistance to stress and facilitating recovery) to balance after the onset of stressors) and Melatonin (an effective remedy against insomnia and sleep disorders).
What are you ways to deal with stress?