“People are disturbed not by a thing, but by their perception of a thing.” — Epictetus
It has become impossible to find a person who is not stressed about anything. According to the American Institute of Stress, finances, job, health and personal relationships are the most common stressors nowadays. The term “stress” was coined in 1936 by a Canadian endocrinologist Hans Selye, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”.
Many people don’t realize it, but stress negatively affects your health and leads to serious consequences. It is hard to believe, but “77% people in the United States reguarly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.” According to the American Institute of Stress, the most common physical symptoms of stress are fatigue, headache, upset stomach, muscle tension and change in appetite. People who cite psycological effects usually experience irritability, anger, feeling nerveus and lack of energy.
Although it is often impossible to solve all the problems quickly, you can always change the way you perceive the situation. Here are 5 tips on how to deal with stress:
- Use a five-year rule: analyze the problem and think if it will still bother you in five years. Sometimes we are just overthinking and taking it too serious.
- Talk to someone: don’t be afraid to discuss your problems with other people. Just make sure they are the ones you trust.
- Say “NO”: learn to manage your time and don’t take on additional responsibility if you know you can’t do it.
- Sleep: lack of sleep is a common cause of stress. Make sure you plan your time in a smart way.
- Exersice: scientists have proven that physical activities reduce stress and stabilize mood.