The term “stress” was coined by Hans Selye in 1936. He defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. Stress is a condition characterized by symptoms of physical or emotional tension.
Stress wreaks serious havoc when unaddressed. Living with a high level of stress puts your well-being at risk, emotionally and physically. Don’t think that there’s nothing you can do about stress. You shouldn’t suffer from it. Relieve the pressure and regain control. Here are some tips on how to break stress’ hold of your life.
1. Identify the culprit
You cannot cure something you don’t know. So before anything else, identify the source of stress in your life. Major stressors can come from going through a divorce, moving residency, or changing jobs, but others can be more complicated than that. It is often overlooked but our habits, attitude, and excuses contribute largely to everyday stress. Tap into your own thoughts and feelings to identify the true source of your stress. Could it be because of your procrastination, the reason why you’re worried about deadlines? Or maybe because you’re telling yourself that you need all the time you can get to finish all the work thus you forgot to take a breather. Are you thinking that stress has always been part of your work, your personality, or your life? Do you blame outside factors for your stress? Until you figure it all out, you cannot get a hold of your stress and you cannot do anything to ease it.