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3 Reasons Why Stress is Totally Taking You Over

By Genevieve Cunningham

Have you ever felt like stress was taking over your life? It seems like no matter what you do, stress and worry follow you around. This might not seem like a big problem at first. After all, stress is part of being an adult. But after a little time has passed, you may notice that too much stress is having a big impact on your life. You may experience various aches and pains, ongoing headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and more. In order to feel better, you know that you have to get the stress under control. But how? The first step is to understand just why it's out of control in the first place. If you're ready to manage your stress and feel your best, take a look at these reasons why it's taking over and what you can do to turn it around.

Why Stress is Consuming You

  • You work too much - This is a common problem in America. We think work is life. And if you're guilty of working more than you should, it's entirely possible that stress is taking over everything in your life. 

  • You don't set boundaries - Setting boundaries is hard. You have to set boundaries in every facet of life -- relationships, work, everything! If you're not setting and sticking to your own boundaries, stress will definitely creep up. 

  • You don't take time for yourself - It's so easy to get caught up in everyone else's needs, especially if you're trying to take care of a family. But avoiding personal time is an almost certain recipe for excessive stress. 

Tips for Long-Term Stress Management

  • Set boundaries and stick with them - To set boundaries, you have to be firm. Tell people what you need or don't need from them, and then stick with it. Cutting the nonsense from your life will drastically improve your stress and overall quality of life.

  • Schedule alone time - If you're not getting enough alone time, schedule it into your day. It doesn't have to be an hour. A simple 15 minutes might be enough. Just make sure you're getting the time you need to wind down, relax, and refresh your body and mind. 

  • Exercise and eat well - Maintaining movement and a balanced diet helps in every aspect of life, stress included. It will make your body and mind feel better and be more capable of dealing with stress as it arrives. 

Stress is a normal part of everyday life. You can't escape it completely, but you can learn to manage it and keep it under control. Use these tips to understand and manage your stress, and start feeling better in your health and life as soon as today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Little Rock, Ark.

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