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Stress is a common word that we hear a lot. We all seem to know what it’s like to feel stressed but what exactly does it mean?
Stress is a normal response to everyday pressures. Daily needs and demands such as responsibilities, decisions, relationships, and money can cause stress.
Stressors trigger the release of hormones in the body – adrenaline and cortisol.
Adrenaline is a fight-or-flight hormone. It causes an increase in heart rate, breathing and blood sugar levels. It also diverts blood flow from your digestive system to your muscles.
Cortisol is a stress hormone, triggered when one feels threatened. It directs energy from other parts of the body to the brain to deal with the threat. After the danger has passed, cortisol levels should decrease and return to a normal state. However, if one is under constant stress, excessive cortisol could lead to health problems such as rapid weight gain and high blood pressure etc.
Did you know that stress can be triggered by both positive and negative events in our lives? Yes, even
happy events – because they could still bring about big changes that result in new demands to fulfil.
Stress is caused by our perception or evaluation of situations; when one deems the event to be threatening
and beyond their ability to cope with it, they would become stressed. For example, someone may view a new job as
stressful, but another may see it as a challenge and feels excited about it.
Everyone responds to stress with different levels of intensity. Your body sends out various physical, cognitive, behavioural, and emotional warning signs, such as:
Prolonged stress exposes our body constantly to the effects of adrenaline or cortisol and may lead to health problems:
Since it is not entirely possible to cut out all stress from our lives, it is more important – and realistic – that we learn how to cope with it. You have the power to keep your stress under control!Choose a stress-busting power that works for you.
Notice and identify that you are feeling stressed...
Being more organised and planning your time in advance can help you...
Taking care of yourself takes care of stress too...
Exercise keeps you fit and releases endorphins and serotonin...
Your breathing can help to calm you down, so why not try...
Don’t let negative thoughts have control over you! Try reframing them...
Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment...
Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night...
You are what you eat! A healthy and balanced diet...
Seeking help or opening up about your feelings is not a sign of weakness...
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Notice and identify that you are feeling stressed. Avoid brushing it off or pretending that you are not experiencing stress.
Use the feelings tracker to identify how you are feeling and make sense of it using the emotions explorer.
Being more organised and planning your time in advance can help you feel more in control.
It gives you a clear overview of the tasks that need to be done. Whip out that to-do list and calendar, and start planning!
Taking care of ourselves takes care of stress too! Sometimes, we forget to take care of our own needs and take breaks to do what we enjoy.
Take time off from work for some self-care time. Love the outdoors? Head out for a short walk or for a bike ride. Want to just unwind indoors? Lose yourself in books, movies, or just take a relaxing nap.
Spending time with loved ones also zaps away the stress. This also means keeping a healthy relationship and having a good support system.
Exercise keeps you fit and releases endorphins and serotonin. These are known as ‘happy hormones’!
Start small, like a short 10-minute walk or dance video; or go bigger and make it a group affair with a family hike or cycling outing! Stay active with free workout classes or sign up for the National Steps Challenge™ and start clocking your steps.
Your breathing can help in calming you down, so why not try relaxation techniques for your mind and body to dissolve any tension you feel?
Don’t let negative thoughts have control over you! Try reframing them into motivation and empower yourself with thoughts of how you overcame similar challenges in the past.
Trust that your strengths of past experiences will see you through. Taking notice of all the positive things in your life could also give you a more balanced, grateful view of the world!
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Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment, and to your thoughts and feelings, without any judgment.
Very often, spending too much time problem solving, thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining and stressful.
Practising mindfulness can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, you are better able to manage them.
Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night! A well-rested you with supercharged concentration and productivity can face-off with stressful situations much better!
Participate in the Sleep Challenge and get rewarded for getting sufficient sleep.
Find out how else you can sleep well.
You are what you eat! A healthy and balanced diet provides your body with adequate vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system.
It’ll also fuel you up for when the going gets tough, so you can outlast any stressors coming your way!
Seeking help or opening up about your feelings is not a sign of weakness. In fact, this might give you a fresh new perspective on how to tide over your stressful period.
Talking to others can help relieve pent-up feelings or worries.
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