Stress is the brain’s ability to respond to demand be it physical, mental or emotional. Whenever we communicate with colleagues at work, family and friends or trying to perform better in school, all of these contribute to stress.
In Ghana, in most cases, when people mention stress, they mean tiredness or weakness resulting from completing a tiresome task or involving in a very rigorous activity.
Stress can affect your health in diverse ways in the long term. As a result of this, it is important to know how to deal with it to protect your health. Stress weakens your immune and digestive systems. Moreover, cardiovascular diseases are also linked to stress. Stress causes headaches, sleeplessness, sadness and anger among persons who are stressed.
Persons who wish to overcome stress can try the following measures to reduce stress to the barest minimum.
1. Being observant
To reduce stress, you should be observant by monitoring the signs of your body’s response to stress. For example, finding it difficult to sleep, increased alcohol intake, being easily angered and feeling depressed are some signs of stressed people.
2. See your doctor
Why wait till it is too late for your doctor to ask about your stress? You can avoid this by visiting the nearest health centre to get proper health care for your health problems. Effective treatments can be of good help if your stress is affecting your relationships or ability to work.
3. Get regular exercise.
With a minimum of just 30 minutes a day of walking can help boost your mood and improve your health.
4. Try a relaxing activity
Explore relaxation or wellness programs in a spa which involves meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises.
5. Doing first things first
decide on what must get done now and what can wait. Be mindful of what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have not been able to do. Do not be a ‘ busy for nothing’ person.
6. Stay connected
No one lives on an island. Keeping in touch with friends and family can provide emotional and physical support to you. . Do not feel proud to ask for help from friends, relatives, community members or even your religious organization.