Stress eats away at you and makes you feel your life is full of irreversible, important problems. The majority of illnesses are stress related. Stress is related to high blood pressure, hair loss, depression, memory loss, stroke, weight gain, cancer, and most major illnesses. When you are stressed your body releases hormones that increase your blood pressure and the level of blood sugars in your blood stream. Stress can also cause you to either binge on food or starve yourself. This can result in heartburn, acid reflux, nausea, indigestion and other discomforts. In men, stress can affect sperm production and may result in impotence. In women, stress can reduce libido or cause irregular menstrual cycles.
1. Avoid procrastination – Just stop procrastinating. It causes unwanted and unnecessary stress. Everyone has done it. You put things off and then they just creep up on you until you realize you have a huge meeting or a project due or any other activity involving careful preparation which you have not put in.
This type of realization sends you into a fury of action where you are running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pull everything together on time. Instead of letting things build up and stress take over simply set aside a small portion of time for tasks each night and stick to it. Break up a seemingly huge task into smaller portions that you can deal with easier.
2. Keep a list – Listing everything you need to do will help you realize you don’t have as much on your plate as you think. It can also help if you plan and organize in your free time how you can fit each task into your already overflowing schedule.
3. Take a short break – Once you’ve been at hard work for a few hours you can, and should take a break. If you continue to work you will just start to work slowly and lose concentration. Taking a break will help renew your mind and clear your thoughts so you can fully focus on working when your return.
4. Laugh – Laughter is truly the best medicine. It’s been proven! Studies confirmed that laughter actually changes the brains chemistry and reduces 4 stress hormones. Just a simple laugh is as beneficial as doing deep breathing exercises. Laughter strengthens our immune system and helps you to keep a sense of humor.