Taking Care of Yourself Under Stress

A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. Anyone who has battled stress knows that it’s a killer in terms of your personal health. There can be a number of potential negative outcomes when it comes to stress and thus it’s important to know how to manage it. The following contributed post is entitled, Taking Care of Yourself Under Stress.

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We all struggle with stress at one time or another. It can range from mild worry to stress that takes over our every waking thought and exhibits physical symptoms. Stress can make it hard to focus and take our enjoyment out of life. It can make it hard to work. It can affect your relationships and even your health.

Stress often comes and goes. When we’ve got a lot on at work, are busy in our personal lives or trying to cope with a global pandemic, we feel stressed out, but it doesn’t always last. As soon as things calm down, and we feel more in control, our stress levels start to relax. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, we’re dealing with a situation that drags on and on or seems to take over our lives completely. Perhaps living through illness or facing a case that means you need help from an Immigration Law Firm, or, a combination of things piling up, causing you to feel suffocated by your stress.

When you’re stressed out, it becomes hard to look after yourself. You might feel as though you don’t have the energy, or the interest, to practice self-care or even the most basic of personal care. But it’s important that you do. Fail to take care of yourself, and things will only get worse. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do to make self-care easier when you are dealing with immense stress.

Write Some Lists

Stress often makes it hard to organize your thoughts. You might be stressed out because you’ve got so much to do but feel as though you just don’t know what to do first, and the idea of adding something as small as exercising, or food shopping to your mounting to-do list can be unbearable.

Lists can help. Lists make it easier to prioritize and to manage your time. They also help things look smaller. When your tasks are written out, and you can cross things off, they might not seem so insurmountable.

If they do, write smaller lists. Focus on the things that you need to do today, writing short, easy to action lists, and worry about the rest later on.

Get Help

There’s typically more help available than you think, it’s just hard to see it when you are stressed out and tired. Ask for help from your family, friends and employer, and search online for any specific help or advice that you may need.

Focus on One Thing at a Time

If you are stressed out because you have so much to do, stop and take a step back. Focus on one task at a time, and don’t let yourself think about anything else until you are done.

Accept Feelings as they Come

Stress can cause feelings of anxiety, worry, sadness and anger. And there’s very little that you can do about it. Accept these emotions as they come, instead of trying to ignore them.

Let Yourself Laugh

Laughter is a powerful medicine and will often reduce stress and ease worry. Spend time doing things that you enjoy, with people that make you smile, and you may soon start to feel more at peace.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.