Before delving into the techniques that can help avoid negative stress, it is essential to understand the two categories of stress. Contrary to misconstrued assumptions not all stress is bad for you. Stress is simply the body’s response to changes in our lives that can create taxing demands. The response can either be negative or positive; there are actually two categories of stress;
Eustress (Beneficial Stress)
This kind of stress can either be physical or psychological. Distinct characteristics of this kind of stress include;
- Energizes, rejuvenates and motivates both the body and the mind
- Normally lasts for a short while
- Creates a feeling of over-excitement that is often confused with anxiety
- Positive stress boosts productivity and can significantly improve performance if properly channeled
Distress (Negative stress)
This kind of stress impacts your body negatively by causing extreme anxiety, emotional torture and in extreme cases can have detrimental side effects to a person’s health. Some characteristics of negative stress that differentiate it from Eustress include;
- Can be both long-term and short-term
- This kind of stress is perceived as beyond a person’s coping abilities and can interfere with a person’s life
- Can inhibit performance and significantly decrease a person’s level of productivity
- Feels unpleasant and emotionally and can lead to developmental of mental issues
- If not well managed negative stress can impact the body negatively and cause a myriad health problems.
Tips on Preventing Negative Stress
The foundation of stress is a blend between physical and psychological issues. Stress is a result of treating your body poorly, focusing on unproductive activities that don not align to your objectives and also confessing negative things about yourself or generally having a negative attitude. Here are some ways to prevent and manage negative stress to avoid succumbing to its detrimental effects;
Including Movement Exercises into your daily Routine
Physical movement are essential in reducing negative stress because these targeted and strategic movements turn on body systems such as the endocrine, nervous and circulatory systems. Additionally these movements also get your metabolism fired up reducing the chances of developing a weight gain problem that is a leading stressor which causes to elevated levels of distress and even depression.
How do movement exercises help avoid distress
- Movement just like any physical activity helps bump up the production of endorphins which are a body’s feel-good neurotransmitters. They create a happy feeling that helps develop a positive attitude that can help deal effectively with any stressful activities.
- Movement exercises are meditation in motion as they distract you from the day’s irritations and problems. This means you focus and concentrate only on your body movements. The ability to solely focus on a single task results in optimism and energy enhance your self control and decision making skills to help you be calm and clear in everything you do.
- Movement exercise improve mood. Well though out movements relax you and lower symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Additionally, they improve sleep and give you increased command and control over your body, your mind and your life in general .This reduces the chances of stress consuming your life.
Deeper breaths increase the levels of oxygen in the body and also help you concentrate on breathing instead of focusing on all the issues and problems in your life. Breathing is an automatic body function controlled by the respiratory centre which changes part of the flight-or-fight response. Primarily, breathing absorbs oxygen and dispels Carbon dioxide improving stress and anxiety symptoms such as hyperventilation and anxiety. Controlled breathing can cause a myriad of physiological changes which help avoid negative stress;
- Decrease blood press and lower the heart rate
- Reduce stress hormones levels
- Decrease the buildup of lactic acid in the muscle tissue which contributes to stress
- Increased physical energy to help perform movement exercises to help reduce stress
- Deep breathing calms and relaxes both the body and the mind reducing anxiety which can stress
Increase your water intake
It’s amazing that you can simply sip away the negative stress that is affecting your life! If you are looking for a simple way to unwind from your stress filled life then try drinking a glass of water. Although it sounds too easy, the link between water and stress is actually very well documented. It is a vicious cycle; stress can lead to dehydration while dehydration can cause stress. You can break this vicious cycle by increasing the amount of water you drink daily. All body organs require water to function properly including the brain. When dehydrated the body is not running well and this can boost negative stress levels.
Carefully Choosing the Food you eat
Food fuels the body and we depend on it for survival, this is why many people have heavy emotional and mental attachment to food. Food is a factor when it comes to both negative and positive stress. Fresh food is easily broken down and easily metabolized making it great for the body. On the hand junk food is difficult to metabolize and can trigger rapid weight gain which causes a negative self image and loss of self confidence which fuel negative stress.
People deal with negative stress differently and one of the most detrimental ways of handling stress is deriving pleasure and seeking refuge in food. Once you the cycle of eating to cope with stress it can require extreme mental and physical control to stop.
A balanced diet is a great way to avoid negative stress; your body is healthy and free from toxin accumulation. Additionally your weight also stays in check avoiding developing a body complex that can cause stress.
Alleviating negative requires identification of the mental and emotional blocks that act as stressors
Through therapy and self reflection you can identify some of the blocks not in our conscious awareness that are fueling negative stress.
Negative stress has detrimental consequences that can affect ones health and hinder productivity. These stress-alleviation techniques will come in handy in avoiding and managing stress.