Feeling stressed is totally normal, but not good for you. It all depends on the level of Stress that you reach, but ultimately as little Stress as possible is the main goal for many of us. If you are working a job that is especially stressful such as in the forces, or emergency services, then self-care and keeping your stress levels low is going to be essential. Being able to do a good job is necessary, and reducing the amount of Stress you feel will prevent illness and danger within your job.
Reducing stress levels is easier said than done, and being able to identify when you think Stress in the first place isn’t always natural. But here are some ideas to help you keep on top of your own Stress, and save you ending up in a difficult situation.
One of the first steps to becoming successful in combating Stress is to recognise the signs in the first place. Been able to notice if you are irritable, short-tempered or perhaps unable to focus on specific tasks in hand, might all point to the fact that you are in fact stressed.
Once you recognise the symptoms it should be the first step into overcoming any problems caused by this. Of course, ensuring that you are keeping track of your stress levels daily is essential. But also recognising when you may have lost track is perhaps more critical.
Knowledge is Power and being unable to identify any problems with your stress levels is essential. And there are many resources available to help you in this specific department. If you notice that your stress levels are affecting your physical health, and this isn’t uncommon, then maybe speaking to a health professional is a good idea too. Many doctors are trained in recognising and helping with Stress and its challenges. Taking up some gentle activity to combat Stress and starting on a low yoga level and working your way up, can be very useful.
Being unable to sleep can be a sign of Stress, especially if your mind is spinning while you are trying to sleep at night. It can also be a reason for heightened stress levels as well if you are not getting enough sleep either by choice, or lifestyle decisions. Burning the candle at both ends is a sure-fire way of increasing your stress levels gradually over time. And this isn’t recommended. Aiming for good sleep hygiene, and making sure that you stick to your guns about bedtime will save your stress levels significantly.
Practice positive thinking
It may seem easier said than done but thinking positively, it’s going to not only reduce your Stress but boost your confidence, and overall mood as well. Being careful to avoid negative thinking and improve your self-talk is crucial. Don’t forget that the way we talk to ourselves can significantly improve our own mental health. So choose your mood at the beginning of the day, and you will reduce your stress levels without even trying.