Tips to deal with Stress

There’s two main areas in life that give the most stress to people: School and work. Relationships are a third, but you’d probably fare better with the services of a marriage counselor or a psychologist.

Stress at School

School (high school, universities) is meant to be a time of learning, education and self-discovery. Sometimes parents put too much pressure on their children to do well in school. This can and will cause stress to happen. Considering the human body in your late teenage years or early 20’s is pretty resilient, you may or may not notice the negative effects of stress at that point in time. But as life goes on, the stress you started experiencing in college may manifest itself in ways you can’t begin to imagine once you graduate and start your first job.

Caffeine is how most students cope with the tiredness that results from stress, but as with tobacco, it winds up causing more stress than it solves. As your body comes off the caffeine and sugar laden high, it crashes and you feel worse than before. How do you overcome that? By drinking more coffee and it leads to a vicious cycle that can result in the preliminary stages of AF.

For most people in college and high school, stress is a normal part of life. Stress only becomes a problem when you find yourself engaging in unhealthy habits which will lead to negative health issues later on down the line.

The breaking point for most people is that after the stressful period (eg: exams) their bodies are unable to return back to normal. For example, after yearly exams, most college students tend to relax and unwind after the stressful past few weeks. For people who suffer from chronic stress and early AF, their bodies are unable to “wind down” and return back to normal. This is a clear sign that something is very wrong and they need to take a good hard look at what is causing so much stress.  Sometimes, the best thing to do is take a year or two off from school in order to unwind and get back to normal.

Stress at Work

Stress at work has gotten progressively worse as the years have gone by. Bosses and companies want more and more production, you’re constantly being pitted against your co-workers. Sometimes your bosses and their superiors have unreasonable expectations and that in turn causes undue stress and pressure on you.

Stress in a work environment is normal to some extent. You’re being paid to do a job and you’re expected to perform as any reasonable person would. Stress at work starts becoming a problem when you carry that stress home and to your personal life.

Undue stress at work tends to manifest itself in different ways for different people. Some people find that they’re unable to fall asleep at night (insomnia) and start blaming it on everything but the stress at work. Others cope by eating tremendous amounts of unhealthy junk food and wind up gaining a lot of weight.

How does one fix stress at work?

It’s sometimes not as simple as finding a new job. Perhaps you live in a part of the country where jobs are few and far in-between. Perhaps you need the money really bad and have a family to support. Whatever the reason, there are ways to help mitigate the stress without actually quitting your job.

You first need to identify what is causing stress. Is it a particular co-worker? Is it the unreasonable expectations of your bosses?

Once you have determined the reason for your stress, now work on mitigating it.

If a co-worker is bothering you, try talking to them. If that doesn’t work, try talking to your boss. If your boss is the issue, try sitting down with them and explaining to them why their expectations are unreasonable or why they need to hire an extra person to help you get the work done.

If all of that doesn’t work, then perhaps it’s best to look for a new job. It will most likely add additional stress into your life, but the end result could be a job that you not only love to do, but look forward to coming into every day.

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