Stress is a state of emotional or mental tension and is often regarded as the result of adverse or very demanding circumstances. What many people don’t realize, however, is that all stress isn’t bad, and that having no stress at all leads to boredom and lack of motivation.
Positive stress is regarded as beneficial and it usually occurs in demanding situations that people are convinced they can handle – for some this is the exciting experience of falling in love or getting married, or perhaps making a successful bid for a challenging new project that is thrilling in its anticipation. For others it comes from recognizing that they are managing multiple priorities, and that it’s ok to hire in cleaning services to free up time occasionally if it means an important work deadline will be met. In fact, positive stress provides renewed energy levels and often delivers the inspiration for making good life changes.
Negative stress can be caused by a number of different issues, including family and relationship problems, financial difficulties and work overload. It goes without saying that negative stress is damaging, being bad for health and well being, and that prolonged negative stress can cause severe physical and mental problems, including a nervous breakdown.
Achieving stress balance
So how to achieve stress balance, making sure positive stress is helpful and negative stress is minimized, to promote well being? Well, first of all it’s best to start by having the right attitude to life’s ups and downs, which everyone encounters, and it’s not normally anyone’s fault – so best not to take it personally and to understand that bad times happen to everyone at some point.
Positive thinking undoubtedly reaps huge rewards, amplifying good experiences and providing extra resilience when times are tough. For example, try thinking of a problem situation as a good opportunity to reach those special skills and talents that lie within, and that’s half the battle.
Look after number one
Physical stress is a product of lifestyle – poor nutrition, lack of exercise and sleep, plus excessive workload, will soon take their toll, so it’s important to pay proper attention to diet and fitness, as well as balancing work and leisure time.
People who cut down on their caffeine intake, and on greasy, fatty foods, benefiting instead from fresh fruits and vegetables, will notice an enormous difference in their sense of well-being and the quality of their nightly sleep. Exercise is a magic ingredient in stress prevention as well as stress relief – a physically fit person is better equipped to deal with negative stress than someone who is under par.
For many people, their lives become stressful when they are juggling too many tasks and obligations. Earning a living, raising a family, looking after elderly relatives and still finding time to socialize and protect personal well being is a big ask. Those who combine self-awareness with the ability to prioritize will handle time pressures best. If work must come first at a given time, delegate the domestic chores elsewhere – invest in cleaning services to handle household duties; if quality time with family is most important, arrange to put some work tasks on the back burner for a little while.
Undoubtedly, increased self-awareness helps people to minimize stress and enjoy a healthier, happier life.
This article was contributed by Katie Green.