Mental Health

How To Stay Healthy While Enduring Stress

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Going through stressful times is something that can not only take its toll on you emotionally but it can start to affect you in ways which eventually lead to degradation of your health.  Being stressed out is incredibly hard on your body as your muscles tense up, you are distracted and easily irritable, and you can even become depressed.

In order to stay healthy when enduring stress it’s important to stay logical and try to see through the murk of emotions regardless of how challenging it can be.  Rather than allowing yourself to succumb to the stress and pressures of what comes along with going through hard times, try the following tips to maintain your health.

Make Checklists

Sometimes the best thing to do when you are feeling tense is to write down everything that you need to get done.  Seeing a clear and simple checklist of your to-do’s can be the most effective form of making sure that you get everything done in order to remedy the situation.

Try to write down everything that you have to do from things as simple and basic as taking a shower to finding a defense attorney.  When you have a physical list in front of you which you can start to check off as you go, your stress will start to lessen as you see the list getting smaller.

Get Exercise

When you are feeling extreme stress sometimes the best thing to do is to find an outlet in which you can release the tension.  People who are stressed should try to get physical activity in order to get it out of their system.

Usually going for a run or doing something which exerts a lot of energy and gets your heart rate up will do the trick.  Try to do this every day for at least 30 minutes and you will find that your health will be much less at risk.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

Try to get plenty of sleep even though you may find it difficult.  Often it can be difficult to drift off to sleep when enduring difficult times since you are laying in bed and thinking about all of the things that are on your plate.

However, not sleeping is one of the worst things that you can do to degrade your health. Try to find a way to fall asleep whether it’s from prescribed medication or trying breathing techniques. Do whatever it takes in order to get your body the sleep that it needs in order to recover.

Avoid Drugs And Alcohol

A common behavior for people who are going through stressful times is to consume drugs and alcohol to numb the discomfort.  However, this will only make you worse in the long run.  Maintaining sobriety during stress is important.

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Anna Johansson is a freelance writer, researcher, and business consultant from Olympia, WA. A columnist for, and more. Anna specializes in entrepreneurship, technology, and social media trends. You can follow her on LinkedIn.

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