Stress is something that just about everyone has to deal with at some point or other. It’s a reaction that’s been adapted in the human body to help us avoid the things that might do us harm. But it’s something that, in the modern world, can be more of a hindrance than a help.
According to YouGov polling, around half of Brits claim to feel stressed at work. This falls to just over a third when we consider only those who feel stressed outside of work. When we consider the effects of chronic stress on your broader psyche, it’s easy to see how damaging this can be. Work-related stress can lead to absenteeism, and a general lack of productivity, so it’s in the interest of employers to help to find a solution.
Why should you manage your stress?
If your stress is low-level, then you might be tempted to just ignore it or to write it off as inevitable. After all, don’t successful, career-focused, and ambitious people have to cope with stress? There is some sense in this – but it’s the strategies that we use to cope that might vary. If you attempt to manage your stress by simply gritting your teeth, then it might be that you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Stress can lead you to make poor decisions, and to suffer a lower quality of life. It might also have physical consequences. For some, high levels of stress can lead to a loss of hearing or even eyesight.
According to contact lens specialists, Lenstore: “Repeated stress can take a toll on you not only mentally, but physically as well. Stress impacts your eyes with symptoms including sensitivity to light, eye twitching, too dry or too wet eyes, blurry vision, and eye strain. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to stop, take a break from what you are doing, get some rest, and try and take part in any of your favorite relaxation techniques. Stress-related eye issues are most likely temporary but, do be sure to see your optometrist if any of these symptoms persist.”
Tips for managing stress
Let’s take a look at a few of the ways of coping with stress. Some of these may be more effective than others, depending on the base you’re starting from. Look to troubleshoot your lifestyle and make adjustments accordingly.
Remove the source of stress
If you’re in a situation where you’re under constant stress from a particular source, your first option might be to remove yourself from the situation. This might mean taking a break from work or having a conversation with your spouse. In extreme cases, it might be that you can’t take any further action until the source of your stress has been dealt with.
Exercise has been proven to provide a natural high. Make the time to do it every day. You don’t have to make it super intense to get the mood-bolstering benefits. A jog, or even a long walk, every day, might make all the difference. Just don’t put pressure on yourself to meet unrealistic goals with your workouts.
You can think of meditation as a form of exercise tailored toward the mind. You can find plenty of reading material, apps, and online classes that might provide plenty of utility.
Seek medical advice
If you’re getting knock-on effects, then you’ll want to see a doctor about them. Lenstore focus on sight-related symptoms:
“If you’re feeling stressed, you might also experience visual disturbances or loss of sight in your periphery. If you begin to experience this make sure to take some time to relax and if the vision issues persist, see your optometrist.
Finally, whilst it is important to consult your optometrist with any problems related to your vision, it is also crucial to visit your GP and speak through how you are feeling with friends and family to protect your wellbeing.”
You can’t expect to lead a stress-free life if your diet is dreadful. The food and drink you consume will either support the function of your brain or inhibit it. If your brain isn’t kept in good working order, then it’s inevitable that your mental health will suffer. A poor diet might also put you at risk of a whole range of diseases, any of which might increase your levels of stress.
Poor sleep hygiene will almost always result in greater stress levels. Give yourself a chance to enjoy a good night’s sleep by settling into a fixed routine, avoiding bright screens before bedtime, and avoiding caffeine after lunchtime. If you’re working night shifts, then you might have more difficulty shaping a healthy sleep environment – but you can still make meaningful improvements that will help you to enjoy a happier, less stressful life.
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