Today is National Stress Awareness Day. (As if we needed a reason to be aware about our stress.) So, let’s talk about stress. What is it? Where does it come from? What are some stress symptoms? And, more importantly, how do we get rid of it using stress management?!
The definition of stress in the Oxford Dictionary is “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” I’ll say! Stress can be acute and obvious, like a tight deadline at work or an upcoming presentation, or it can be sneaky and steady, like being a working parent, being in a toxic work environment, or having long term uncertainty in your life.
We all feel stress differently. Stress symptoms may look like tight shoulders, headaches, fatigue. However stress manifests in your body, there are some common health effects of long-term stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause anxiety, irritability, and depression, which can all lead to social withdrawal, drug abuse and anger issues.
Over time, chronic stress can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, premature death…you get it. So, it really does benefit us to be more aware of our stress and where it’s coming from so we can try to control it using stress management techniques.
It's important, for your long-term health, to properly manage your stress. Studies have shown that you can use high quality CBD for anxiety in people with generalized social anxiety, and has been identified as a treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders.
Other stress management tips include:
- Exercise regularly: this is at the top of my list. You don’t have to be athletic to get exercise; a 30 min walk outside to get some fresh air and clear your mind will do!
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet: limit refined sugars and saturated fats. Emphasize plant-based foods and lean proteins.
- Meditate: livestream or download a mediation app. Or simply sit quietly for 5 minutes, taking a few deep breaths and clearing your mind.
- Get some sleep! But avoid watching TV, looking at your phone, and other electronic gadgets before turning in. Studies have shown that using electronics before bed leads to a poorer night’s sleep
In the end, awareness for what is causing your stress will help you manage it and, eventually, avoid it.