Stress, however, becomes bad for you when the amount of stress increases to a level that which you can no longer adapt to. At this point you have reached stress overload.
When you have reached this point, and we all do sometimes, here are a few tips to help.
Try stepping away from a stressful situation. Give yourself permission to take a break, whether it's a difficult work situation, family issues, or unpaid bills. Allow yourself, even 20 minutes to get some fresh air, go for a walk, take time out. You can't avoid your stressors forever, but a break can give you perspective.
This can be a great way of lifting your mood, and distracting your over active brain. Exercise will get the endorphins flowing, lifting your mood for hours afterwards. Whether you run, cycle, swim or walk, exercise can really lift you stress.
Meditation, mindfulness or any similar technique has also been proven to be an excellent way of helping the body and mind relax. Often people are able to view their problems with a new perspective, allowing them to reduce stress levels.
BSR or other similar body techniques can really help your body let go of stored up stress. Mental stress often leads to physical stress being stored in muscles, which then affect the under lying nerve path ways, and the body's capacity to heal. Often the physical effects of stress can end up feeding the mental anxiety.
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Sharing your feelings and concerns with others. Try and reach out to someone who can understand your concerns or issues, without being involved in them. Talking with a sympathetic listener will help ease your burden and give a sense of perspective.
It may sound simplistic, but smiling can help lift our mood. Our facial expressions and emotions are connected with our brains. By smiling or laughing we relive tension, lift our mood and get good reactions from those around us.