When it comes to stress, we simply cannot overlook the little things we encounter every day. A seemingly not-so-serious trouble such as hearing a dog barking can trigger a wave of negative reactions on a physical, emotional and even cellular level as stress hormones rapidly raise.
Whilst stress happens when we are under pressure, the things in our environment that we are responding to are referred to as stressors. For a little scientific background about stress, there is this master stress hormone called cortisol. When you’re in a stressful situation, cortisol levels go up, then go back to baseline levels quickly. It is no longer healthy, however, if your body is exposed to cortisol for a long time.
There are a lot of things that can cause stress, and we encounter most of them every day. If you feel that you’re stressed for quite some time, it might be because of these things:
Car horns, neighbor loudly singing (but out of tune), shrieking babies, barking dogs – intrusive noises of all kinds can kick-start your body’s cortisol response. They can elevate stress and anxiety levels. Ear-hurting noises can even possibly raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if they happen all of a sudden or disrupt your concentration. The less control you feel over these interruptions, the worse they make you feel.
Not Having Enough Time
When you’re endlessly racing against deadlines or running errands, most probably you’ll feel exhausted at the end of the day. We often panic if we feel we don’t have enough time. We often focus on the amount of work that needs to be done, which really stresses us out. Ranking your priorities as well as avoiding procrastination will help get things done.
Getting More than You Can Handle
You get a lot of work to do. You get so much responsibility. You always accept offers. It’s not bad to impress people, especially if you’re in the corporate arena. But biting off more than you can chew can set you on failure. Work overload can be harmful because it causes stress and a lot of pressure. In addition, you get less recovery time between workdays. The next time someone offers you a project, don’t be afraid to say no. Be honest with yourself and accept only the tasks you are sure to get done without causing too much stress and pressure.
Expecting Too Much
Each of us has our own standards set in various aspects of life. But if you’re having high expectations, brace yourself for disappointment. When things do not go the way you want them to be, you get upset and stressed out. Perfectionists are a perfect example for this one. They are always focusing on what is wrong, and as a result, they feel anxious and obsessed.
Think smoking, too much drinking and indulging on junk food will make you feel better when you’re stressed? They won’t in the long run. Unhealthy lifestyle habits prevent you from being able to cope with adversity. If you tend to deal with stress in these ways, you’re actually compounding the negative impacts of stress on your health by exacerbating stress levels and bringing new problems in your life and health.
You’re Not Awarding Yourself with Rest and Relaxation
More work and less rest can leave you over fatigued. If you get chronically over fatigued, your health might pay the price. When you’re fatigued, you have a limited attention span and little energy to function effectively. It severely undermines your performance, especially during irregular or high-risk procedures (for example, driving on the road). So take it easy. If you’re getting stressed out, take a break for a while and do things that will help you feel relaxed.
Stress is inevitable. The trick is to appreciate the good things we see every day and not to allow stress become an uncontrolled negative force. Stressors may be common, but what matters more is the way we handle them. If you know how to deal with them in a positive way, you can be able to brush stress off easily.