Stress is a normal physical response to some events that upset your balance in some way. When your body sense danger, your nervous system will respond by releasing a flood of stress hormones. These hormones take an automatic action as a response to stress.

This response is considered to be your body’s way to protect you. While working correctly, it helps you to stay focused, energetic, and alert. In case of emergency situations, stress can save your life as it gives you an extra power to defend yourself. For example, it urges you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

It also helps you to be able to succeed when you meet challenges. It also sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting to study for an exam when you want to be playing a game instead.

When you get stressed out, you feel like your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your focused strength and speed your reaction to prepare you to either fight or flee from the upcoming dangerous situation. But beyond a certain point, stress will stop being helpful and starts to cause significant problems to your health, your mood, your ability of productivity, your relationships, and your life quality.

How do deal with stress?

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. There will never be more hours in the day, and your career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the beginning of being able to manage stress. Managing stress is all about taking charge of the way you handle problems, your thoughts, your emotions and your time schedule.

1 Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t an easy task as it sounds. In order to be able to identify the causes of anxiety, look carefully at your habits, thoughts, and the way of managing your time and problems.

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2 Try to reduce your consumption amount of having nicotine and all drinks that have caffeine and alcohol as these three things are stimulants; they will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it.

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3 Many types of manufactured foods such as bread can cause energy crashes in your body which may lead you to feel tired and nervous. In general, try to eat a healthy, well-balanced and nutritious food to keep you balanced and doesn’t rise up your blood pressure.

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4 Try to begin thinking of how to solve your problems. That will help you to feel more in control and decrease your level of stress. You can do that by writing down the problem and coming up with as many possibilities of solutions. Decide on the good and bad options of each one and select the best solution.

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5 Lacking of sleep is a major problem which leads to stress. Insomnia is also a result; stress causes the interruption of our sleep as thoughts might keep coming through our heads that could stop us from relaxing enough to fall asleep. Rather than depending on the medication, relax before going to sleep. Try taking a warm bath or reading a comic book for a few minutes to forget about the things that worry you. Try not to drink caffeine during the evening or doing any mentally demanding work before going to sleep.

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I guess now you have a few ideas beyond the medications that can help you to relax. You should try some of these ways to be able to relieve your stress. If you reduced the amount of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, I assure you that you would be better. You can also think of more than one solution to the problem to be able to expand your mind and decrease your stress level. I hope these tips would be useful for you to be able to deal with your stress without any kind of pills. Good luck!