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Reduce Stress By Learning How To Manage Fear

Stress can either make your life more rewarding, or stress can destroy your nerves, body and mind. You can make the choice.

Do you know what stress is and how stress affects you? When we have fear, stress will be triggered and our body and mind will be affected. Stress can be either positive or negative, it can lead us to solving problem efficiently, or it can lead us to lose control when problem arises. When we are facing problems, stress might open our minds to resources to help us to decide, but, it might close our mind as well, which, will possibly lead us to objections, distrust, depression or uncontrollable anger.

When stress becomes negative and continues for a long time, it can promote health related problems such as heart attacks, strokes, high-blood pressure, diabetes or even other medical problems. Stress becomes active when stressor presents itself. Some of the stressors include death, retrenchment, childbirth, divorce, normal daily responsibilities and etc.

Like it or not, stress is consistent to a level and the stress we all deal with everyday helps us to function properly at home, in society or at work. There is never a way to avoid stress completely, but we can learn to reduce our stress by learning stress management so that we can cope when stress escalates. When you feel that your stomach is in knots, your mind is boggled, and your body is tensed, then you know the stress in you is about to explode. Before you can manage your stress, you must understand how stress affects our body and mind, then relate the mind and body’s responses to stress, and become familiar with the potential stressors that trigger the stress.

If you feel the tension in your body, mind or stomach, then you know the stress has reached its limits, that is when you really need to sit down to review and identify the problems and the reason they exist. You need to know that, you must take time to analyse the problems and to eliminate the stress. If you are trapped in a building and stress has reached its limits, you might want to leave the building to recompose yourself.

There are plenty of things in your life that you can change by contrast, comparing, analysing the problems and using your resources to handle the problems. However, there are things in life that you can’t change at all, that is when you should let go and let someone else deal with the problems that you cannot do anything about.

Fear is the fundamental source of stress; therefore, we can tell that your problem is triggered by fear. To manage your stress efficiently, you will need to review your fear, listing out valid reasons that the fear exists. What do you expect to happen as a result of your problem? Do you always expect the worst to happen or do you always see the light ahead?

Fear is a strong emotional stimulus which will be triggered when danger presents. Fear is triggered by an expectation. Those who always fear the worst will happen will fail to see that there are actually solutions for most common dangers. Unless you are on a plane with hijackers, or in another dangerous situation most fears are exaggerated to a large degree. For example if you are afraid of heights, you will foresee yourself falling on the ground from a high place. Or to the extent that you might even avoid going aboard on a plane, climbing a ladder, or even standing on a chair.

The truth is, most plane rides are safer than traveling by motor vehicle and most ladders are well-built if you position the ladder accordingly. But, if you stand on an unstable chair then, of course your fear of falling is real, but if the chair is strong and you are not subject to dizziness, it is unlikely for you to fall. As you can see, fear of heights is both exaggerated and real. Therefore, you must address your problems correctly, minimise your fears and seek solutions that will solve the problem you are facing. The process of deducing, analysing, weeding through problems and resources are the important elements to managing stress. Of course, we will have to consider planning, preparing, organising, lists, and other details when it comes to stress management.

Stress can either make your life more rewarding, or stress can destroy your nerves, body and mind. You can make the choice.

Learn to make changes in life to minimise your stress

If you often find yourself having a hard time coping with stress, Learn making some changes in life to minimise your stress level dramatically. You might not believe this, but you can change your life to reduce stress. First of all we must understand that changes are constant and knowing each change probably means there is new hope.

Changes are inevitable for survival throughout our whole life. Changes may vary and come in many forms. We can reduce our stress if we learn to deal with changes positively. Changes can be either good or bad for us depending on how the changes are made.

If we know that certain behaviours can cause us problems, then changing our opinions, beliefs or thinking can be a good thing given that a good decision helps us enhance our lives. It will help reduce our stress level since problems (stressors) are the source of our stress.

Spend some time examining your life. Do you have friends? Do they bring positive influences to you or are only junkies that create chaos for you? It’s good if your friends are able to bring good influence. If it turns out to be the opposite, then it’s probably time for you to make decisions to change your life for better by eliminating the potential stressors. Do you think chaotic friends are worth keeping? Will you be able, by any chance talk to them about their negative behaviours? If all the answers are negative, then you should know that by eliminating these friends you would probably improve your life.

What about your career? Does your job offer you the potential for growth? Does your employer appreciate your effort? Are you struggling to survive everyday? If you have only negative answers, then you know changes are needed. Obviously if you answered the questions with a yes, you know stressors and stress exist. But, what can you do to make positive changes? If education is what you lack, then it may be a good idea to continue your studies (probably part-time) to better your prospect. With the qualifications, you can then work toward finding a better job. Meanwhile you can also try applying for other jobs that offer better remunerations. Do you have goals? Are those goals attainable or you are just stressing yourself out to achieve the impossible? If so, perhaps you should lower your expectations according to your ability. This will eliminate stress and remove stressors.

What about your personal life such as your family? Are you married? Do you have children? What can you possibly do to produce a more stable environment for them? Obviously, if you are facing stress from your family since your income is not sufficient, what can you do to be more productive? Are you spending more than your income? Is it possible for you to cut down on certain areas to increase your savings? You can work them out to change for a better life.

If you can visualise how the changes can benefit you by reducing stressors and stress, then you should start analysing your situation now to determine what changes need to be done to reduce the stress. When you decide to make positive changes in life, you will soon see the rewarding results. The decisions you make are the leading cause of all stress. You can improve your life by simplifying your life. When problems are minimised, naturally your life will run smoothly.

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