Nowadays, with the acceleration of modernity in our society, we face lots of constraints or have high expectations and as a result, stress has become an integral part of our everyday life. We all agree that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, acquiring some relaxation technics and avoiding stressors help, but here I will be highlighting the psychological aspect of stress and how to deal with it.
Stress has negative emotional, behavioral and physiological impact on our health. We may not even be aware that we suffer from stress and if left untreated, stress may cause major damage to our health. Some researches even suggest that stress may be a secondary cause of cancer.
Excess stress leads to physical symptoms like sleeping and eating disorders, muscle tension, cardiovascular diseases, fatigue, pimples and headaches to name a few. Some people also try to run away from stress by drinking excessively, smoking heavily or even commit suicide.
So, how do we need to react when facing stressful situations?
Behaving negatively in a negative situation will worsen the stress. Instead, believing that every trial we face is a blessing in disguise, will help us understand a grief with a positive attitude. Life is a constant struggle with its ups and downs. It is of no use denying the very existence of turmoil - accepting a difficulty as a challenge will make you come out of it stronger.
Belief in God
Having recently suffered the loss of my mother, I was always asking myself "Why me?" It took me a long time to realise that it is the will of God or Spirit or the Universe or whatever you want to call it. By leaving this fear in God's hands, I have put my trust in Him, believing firmly that He will take care of everything and as a result, I have faced her death with less stress.
As Thomas Fuller had so rightly put it "Great hopes make great men," hope is a great support to hang on in times of afflictions. Believing that tomorrow will bring a better day make difficulties seem insignificant.
Don't worry, Be happy
Try not to worry too much. Too much thinking will make a mountain out of a molehill. Seek companionship with happy people. Their happiness will call out responsive gladness in you. And staying happy will create an invisible barrier against difficulties.
Many of us tend to count our blessings on our fingers while we count our trials on a calculator. As a result, this makes our life miserable. So, instead of wanting a bigger house than that of your neighbor, think of those who are homeless. This will show you how blessed you are even if it is little. Even when you do not have slippers to put on your feet, look at those who do not even have feet to walk on. You will thus inculcate a feeling of gratefulness inside yourself and this will help maintain the pressure down.
Keeping a real positive perspective during times of hardship is quite a challenge in itself. So, be ready to fight those stressors off and don't allow them to turn you into a bitter person. Face life as it comes because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
As someone I know said to me once, "What is meant to happen will always happen, but how we choose to look at it is what will help us through it or make it unbearable."