6 Dec 2022

    In a society where competition for positions in areas such as jobs or colleges are high, people strive to push themselves to earn a better spot in society. However, with this competitive mindset comes an immense amount of strain on one’s health. One prevalent feeling that many receive is stress. Stress is the emotional, mental, and physical strain on someone that may lead to future negative consequences. Discovered by Hans Selye, he described it as “the tension and response to a nonspecific demand that usually strains the body.” 

If you are feeling stressed, you will often find yourself dealing with:

Short Term Problems such as:

  • Panic Attacks
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Fatigue

And Long Term Problems such as:

  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Heartburn

    However, stress is inevitable in our lives, as it is a natural response to negative thoughts and experiences that cause fear, sorrow, and other traumatic emotions. As a result, in order to combat such a harmful feeling, one can implement certain strategies to counteract the negativity.

1. Get enough sleep.

    Oftentimes, many people face struggles in regard to sleeping, such as insomnia. As a result, the exhaustion builds up, creating not only physical stress, but a smaller mental capacity. Therefore, implementing time into your schedule to take power naps or get enough sleep will provide you with better health overall.

2. Find a passionate hobby.

    Hobbies can often take a person’s attention, including harmful and negative emotions in the process. By implementing this, one can feel more positive emotions that may build up over time, improving one’s mental health, and potentially physical as well.

3. Make sure to laugh!

    One of the most beneficial forms of stress-relieving comes in the form of an action we most likely use everyday. Signified in movies, it is used to symbolize peace and happiness, as it represents the positive and stress-free side of a person. By laughing, your body will recognize itself to be happy, negating the stress you feel as a whole. Laughing can alter your dopamine and serotonin levels, enhancing individual performance in everyday life.

    Stress, although being a feeling detrimental to our health, is something that everyone will inevitably feel in their lifetime. By implementing certain strategies to balance what could be such a strong, hindering emotion and attempting to prevent it from taking a toll on ourselves, we can stay more healthy and positive.