No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what kind of work you are performing, stress is inescapable. It can bury us in a mountain of doubt, worry, and discomfort. Stress is the body’s reaction to letting you know something isn’t working right and it’s up to you to fix it.
Our reaction to stress is what can make us or break us when something undesirable comes our way. Though we can find ourselves in different levels of comfort that remove us from stressful situations, it is our reaction to stress that can become the most harmful if we let it. Here is some information on stress and why it’s more dangerous than you think.
Though stress in-and-of itself has many detrimental effects to our physical and mental health, did you know that extreme cases of stress can cause death? Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually. Our bodies and minds need time to take breaks and enjoy life.
It’s a scary eye opener on what stress can do to us; it can make us sick by lowering our immune system, it can ruin relationships by making us unhappy and irritable all of the time, and it can even kill. This is why it’s important to recognize the signs that your body is telling you when you begin to feel overwhelmed. Your health and happiness come first.
What is the point of worrying so much that your mental health is deteriorating by the minute from stress? There are always options to remove ourselves from these stressors that drain us of all happiness and energy.
Keeping a positive attitude is key. How you view situations will determine your level of anxiety. It’s proven that speaking positive words can be beneficial. “I am at peace,” “I have more than enough time to complete this task,” “I am successful.” These are just examples of what you can be saying instead of, “I can’t do this” or “I’m not good enough.” Try it. You’ll thank yourself for making this small change in your daily routine.
If you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Go outside and take a moment to regroup. Take a walk or sit in your car. If you are at home, do something that pleases you, maybe gardening or going for a bicycle ride.
No matter what we do, stressful things will come and go. It is our reaction to stress that defines us, and can lead us to happiness if we know how to handle it properly. The next time something stressful comes your way, objectively look at it, and tell yourself “this is temporary and I won’t let this drag me down.” You’ll thank yourself for the change in perspective and the increase in overall wellness you’ll bring to yourself.