Stress is a daily emotion we feel; some of us more than others, which is true for the majority of the population that need to balance their careers and their personal lives. Whatever we do, problems will always arise, and stress would keep coming back.
A lot of people think since we always feel it, stress is something to accept. It’s true our tolerance for it seems to increase over time, but chronic stress has more substantial consequences than we imagine.
When we’re under stress, our brain goes through chemical changes that makes it release particular hormones like dopamine and adrenaline among many others. These are great for emergency situations, but not so much for every day as these hormones change the overall function of our body, including an increase in our heart rate, a higher blood pressure, and a weaker immune system.
Stress not only affects the physical aspects of our lives but the psychological one as well. Constant tension will make you less patient and more irritable, less able to focus on things that are important, and will impact the way you perceive the world and yourself, in general. That’s why you may feel the need for crying or breaking things to relieve stress.
Feeling unconfident about yourself is another psychological effect that can happen when under stress. Since problems keep piling up and we’re continually creating solutions for them. Chances are some won’t resolve as easily as others. These instances make it easier for us to feel like failures and can affect how we think of ourselves in the long run.
Having time to meditate and connect with our inner self can remedy this so that we can find compassion and understanding for the way things are and know that some things are just out of our control. By doing simple things to relieve stress, we can help ourselves find a better perspective.
If we’re already in a bad mood and we think we don’t amount to much, our will to take care of our responsibilities will suffer as well. Chronic stress can hinder us from attaining our maximum potential whether it’s at work or home.
By reducing our stress, we can be assured of a better lifestyle overall since it can increase longevity and keep us healthier and happier both physically and mentally. There are so many activities we can indulge in to help us achieve a better outlook on life.