Stress and Mental Health: The Link and Helpful Tips
By Genevieve Cunningham
Stress is a common problem. It comes at us from all different directions -- work, home, finances. When we have a lot of stress, it can bring a wide array of negative side effects to our lives. Headaches, insomnia, bad moods. But perhaps the biggest threat to our health brought on by stress is a decline in mental well-being. If you have too much stress in your life, take a look at the link between mental health and stress, plus some tips for keeping both under control.
The Link Between the Two
Stress is linked to every kind of health in the body. Physically, stress can raise your blood pressure, increase headaches and skin blemishes, create insomnia, and zap your energy. Mentally, stress creates worry. And as the worry wears away at us, we find depression symptoms linger. We see moodiness creep up. If we can relieve the stress, we can relieve these negative healthy symptoms, whether they be physical or mental.
Tips for Less Stress
So how can we reduce stress? It's hard! But these tips might help you out:
Learn to say no - Stop saying yes to everything, even when you don't have time. You don't have to be busy all the time. You don't have to be a people pleaser. Say no when you need to in order to keep your stress low and mental health high.
Get exercise - Exercise is a natural way to lower stress. As your body focuses on the exercise, it's able to release the stress. Do this a little every day, and you may find your stress lower on a consistent basis.
Find balance - The best way to keep stress low is to find more balance in your life. Strive for work-life balance. Don't stay too long at work. Take time off. Spend time with family. The more balance you find, the easier it will be to maintain low stress and good health.
Stress will happen. It might happen today or tomorrow or next week -- or all of those times! But we can manage stress if we try. And as we learn to manage the stress, we'll also boost our mental health. Use these tips to get started, and feel better about your health and life starting now.
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