Need Less Stress in Your Life? How To Deal With the Most Common Types of Stress

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Your email notifications are piling up, deadlines are coming up fast, and the evening commute is turning into a nightmare. There are so many daily hassles that can cause mental stress — from family stress to work stress — all of which can be hard on our minds and bodies. Stress can even affect your period. Stress often comes from four sources. Here are some ways to deal with each, from my experience. 

Social Stress

What it is: Being worn out from too much socializing, or lack thereof (given the year we’ve had…)

The solution: If you feel like you can’t manage to make crucial time for yourself filling your own cup because you’re constantly out with friends, family, co-workers, etc, it’s time to let events slide and take a day just for you. Read a book you’ve been eyeing on the shelf for months, put on a face mask, drink a warm cup of tea- or even better- engage in a hobby that fills your cup!

If you’re not having enough social interactions, try to step out of your comfort zone and suggest a facetime with friends or look at local events that interest you, as there will surely be others there with similar interests!

Mental Stress

What it is: Mental stress (emotional stress) is something that hurts you or intrudes on you emotionally. Think Relationship drama, family stress, friend drama, health issues, or even reading too much news.


The solution: Set a boundary by letting those around you know that you’re there to listen, but that you’re not always available to take on their stress. Suggest that they ask how you are doing/feeling beforehand, and if you are able to listen to their worries before dumping. If scrolling is what’s bringing you down, cap your screen time, or better yet, opt to mute/unfollow media sites or accounts that tend to send you into that awful stress spiral.

Physical Stress

What it is: With physical stress, you feel like you have to keep going physically, even when your body needs to rest. Think: Overworking, losing sleep, missing meals to meet deadlines, and over exertion, etc. Any event that causes you to feel physically drained can cause this. 

The solution: I suggest making a schedule for your tasks and sticking to it even if you are not finished with them. So, end work at a specific time, no matter what! Do the same for meals and workouts. Be sure to honor these commitments like you would others by adding them to your calendar. Unwind with yoga or a gentle stretching exercise. Not only will these things help with physical stress, but they will help with mental burnout, as well.

Burnout

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What it is: Burnout is when your stress reaches the point of making you physically or mentally ill. This is the dark finale of not setting boundaries for yourself, and can take some time to bounce back from.

The solution: First and foremost, when you begin to feel overwhelmed, let people know as soon as possible. Take frequent opportunities to do something (even if it’s small) that makes you feel like your life belongs to you instead of to everybody else. And most importantly, avoid taking everything on and ask for help when you need it.

Bottom Line: Tackling Mental Stress

Stress is an everyday part of life. But the effects of stress on mental health can be wide-ranging. That is why it’s so important to tackle social and family stress sooner rather than later. By simply using the simple solutions above, you will be on your way to managing mental burnout with ease.

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