High-levels of stress have been linked to an increase in heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
A stress load index is the biological “psychological stress load” markers one can handle before these increasingly common diseases take hold. It’s a way to set precursors and has been on the rise over the past few decades.
Studies have revealed stress being a negative effect on our biological development. Early death and suffering is a result when exposure to stress is present throughout our development.
Gloomy, to say the least.
The Causes of Our Stress and Diminishing Health
Our overall stress levels have been increasing throughout the decades due to psychosocial phenomena and exposure to material items.
The causes for our stress include (though not limited to):
- Overexposure to tech devices and social media
- Stagnating wages and shrinking job market
- Personal appearance and body image
- Competition and relationships
These stressors come as acute (short-term), episodic (short but regular), and chronic (long-term). How we cope with each is dependent on the resilience of the person, their resources, and even genetics.
Coping with the Killer: Short and Long-Term Strategies
How many lay awake in bed, unable to sleep, because of the constant reminders of a troubling day? Or those unable to act because they’re frozen due to fear and doubt?
These acute stresses are handled with short-term strategies, like:
- Deep breathing and meditation
- Sleep and (disconnected) relaxation time
- Exercise and general physical activity
- Talking with loved ones and social circles
The feeling of stress is like that of an anxiety attack – it comes in short bursts but is manageable. Often all it takes is a moment to unwind and step away from the problem.
Those feeling episodic and chronic stress should consider:
- Eliminating vices
- Improving one’s diet
- Practicing positive actions
- Learning to accept the problems
A personalized treatment plan to eliminate vices (like alcohol and drug dependence) is recommended by the Luminance drug rehab Orange County experts. Removing these toxins will stop deteriorating your health; it will improve bodily functions, lower blood pressure, and remove these coping mechanisms to better deal with stress.
Experimental strategies include ingesting Chaga mushrooms, which have been found to normalize the body’s response to stress and even improve resistance to the killer. These mushrooms combined with a healthier diet and similar positive actions built on this increase in energy will help regulate one’s physical and psychological well-being.
Liberating Oneself a Day at a Time
Coping with killer stress comes one day at a time.
The short and long-term strategies are effective as coping mechanisms and management. Though, what needs to happen is a thorough understanding of one’s self.
This requires additional effort:
- Keeping a journal detailing stressors
- Regular checkups with doctors
- Finding a safe space when things are out of control
- Opening oneself to others and finding support
- Embracing the stress and reworking it into a positive
A journal will provide you with a detailed reference to what “gets under your skin” so you can easily identify these problems before they set in. The regular checkups will grant you peace of mind knowing the stress is not a physical health factor – allowing a focus on the physiological stress-relief exercises.
Safe spaces (a way to step away physically or mentally) along with support will provide you an escape from the troubles and positive outlets versus self-destructive behaviors.
Finally, placing yourself into stressful situations and learning to cope will create a “barrier” to these occurrences. Before long, the smaller stressors won’t “get under your skin” because you cope; those bigger stressors may still hit hard but they are few and far between.
We all do it different
Stress affects us differently but we can take similar strategies to cope. It’s a growing epidemic in our on-the-go society. We can no longer pass it off – now’s the time to manage this killer.
What are your short and long-term strategies for coping with stress?