Everyone has felt stressed at some point in their lives, although they may not always define stress as a concept. Usually it is situations or events that put pressure on us, such as the times when we have many tasks and are thinking about them and can not control the situation. When we are pressured and the feelings we feel as a result of not being able to handle something lead us to stress.
It would be difficult to define stress as a medical concept, as experts argue whether stress itself is the cause of some of our problems or a result of them. No matter what the cause of your stress, the important thing is to get rid of it or at least learn to manage it. To this end, focus on how to manage external pressures, learn to neglect the truly non-essential factors that negatively impact your existence. Try to develop your emotional resilience so that you can handle difficult situations more easily.
Resilience is not only your ability to re-cover, but also your ability to adapt in facing challenges while maintaining a stable mental well-being. Emotional resilience is not a personality trait – it’s something we can all achieve step-by-step.
What things and situations can make you feel stressed out?
The level of stress you experience in different situations can depend on many factors. It is important to note what your perception of the situation is as it may be linked to past experiences, and self-esteem is also important because it determines how much you tend to interpret things positively or negatively. It also matters how experienced you are in dealing with problems, your emotional resilience to stressful situations and last but not least the support you receive from those close to you. Situations that can cause you stress can be of a personal nature: illness, bereavement, building a family, having a child, daily routine tasks, etc. Common life events that are difficult to avoid can also cause severe stress, such as financial difficulties, divorce, separation, problems at work, moving to a new place.
How to become more mentally resilient and feel good:
- Try new things – get out of your comfort zone. Experience the so-called “useful stress” to challenge yourself by performing new activities, of course, which do not make you feel extremely uncomfortable.
- Do not hurry. Give yourself time to find out what your sport, hobby, task, book is…
- Find a way and time to relax, unwind in nature or practice yoga. If you feel overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try to rest. Any change can help you relax and relieve anxiety, even if this is for just a few minutes.
- Give yourself some time without technology. If you find that you often spend time on the phone or the computer makes you feel busy and stressed, try to rest. This can only be for an hour or two. If you find this difficult, try putting your phone in another room or setting an alarm to define the time yourself.
- Find balance in your life. Often, work and caring for family take up almost all of your time and energy. Find a way to focus your energy on other new or forgotten old enjoyable engagements. Allocate your responsibilities at home so that you have time just for you, during which you can safely enjoy the moment.
- Take care of your self-esteem. Since self-esteem is the way you perceive and evaluate yourself, it is good to think about what factors influence it. Believe that your happiness comes first and that’s why you need to feel good. Discover your strengths and positive traits and don’t hesitate to show them off. Like yourself and value yourself as a person, even when you have made mistakes – do not blame yourself for this, they are part of your life path.
How is stress treated?
- Stress is not a medical diagnosis, so there is no specific treatment for it. However, if you find it very difficult to cope with the things that are happening in your life and you are experiencing many signs of stress, there are treatments available that can help you. They include:
- Consultation with a specialist. Talking to a professional can help you learn to deal with stress, be aware of your own thoughts and feelings. A common treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy. It helps to understand thought patterns, identify anxiety points, and identify positive actions to undertake.
- Medication. There are no specific medications to help you cope with stress because it is a reaction to things that are happening in your life, not a mental health problem. However, there are various medications that can help reduce and manage the signs of stress. You need to consult your doctor beforehand, of course, who may prescribe antidepressants or sleeping pills.
- Ecotherapy or the so-called healing power of nature. This is a great way to feel alive and confident in nature. Ecotherapy can include exercise in green areas, long walks on eco-trails, mountains, waterfalls, etc.
- Complementary therapies. Complementary activities help you manage feelings of stress. You may include yoga, meditation, aromatherapy or massage.
If someone you are close to is feeling stressed, there are many practical things you can do to support them, although you probably can’t change the situation they are in. Help these people think about whether they are really stressed. Often people don’t notice that certain physical symptoms and behaviors such as not being able to sleep or drinking alcohol more than usual are actually signs of stress. Sometimes you may be able to spot it before they feel it themselves. If you have noticed that someone seems particularly busy, anxious or unwell, you can gently enquire how they are feeling and ask how you might help.
Listen to how people feel in times of stress. Being able to talk openly can help someone feel calmer and more able to move forward. Remember to take care of yourself, too. If someone around you is very stressed, you may be too. If this happens, try to take a step back and take care of your own well-being. Because when a person is calm and relaxed they are able to help someone else.