No More Stress!

We’ve all experienced stress before. Sometimes, stress is caused by significant events in your life, like the sickness of a family member, a serious accident or injury, a divorce, or a move to a new state. Other times, seemingly small things, like commuter traffic, a missed school bus, or a long grocery list can also cause stress. Stress is a regular part of everyone’s lives, and in small doses, it can actually be beneficial. It helps us react to tough situations in our lives, and teaches us how to grow from them. If left untreated or unresolved, however, a buildup of stress can lead to serious health issues.

Stress can affect you in many ways, and can cause physical ailments, as well as emotional or behavioral issues.

Common symptoms of too-much stress include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Stomach problems
  • Trouble sleeping

Stress has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, and Alzheimer’s. It can also lead to mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression. Since stress can result in poor lifestyle choices, like turning to junk food, alcohol, or other unhealthy substances as a way of coping, it also increases the chances of obesity, substance abuse issues, or other behavioral changes.

That said, you clearly don’t want excessive stress in your life! So what can you do to cut down on it?

Here are some popular recommendations:

  • Get the right amount of sleep — eight hours of sleep per night is recommended for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Try to get more exercise. Many people recommend partaking in a calming exercise, like yoga or tai chi, but exercise of any kind is helpful. Even going for a walk or jog will help.
  • Listen to calming music or read a relaxing book. Have you heard about adult coloring books? They are an amazing way to unwind and focus on something simple.
  • Try out meditation.
  • Eat healthy, and drink plenty of water!
  • Disconnect from technology for a bit.
  • Establish boundaries. If one coworker constantly makes you feel overwhelmed, try to spend less time interacting with them. If you stress yourself out by working too hard, tell yourself that you need to stop working in the evening, and spend some time focusing on yourself.
  • Talk to someone.  In some cases, you might consider seeing a therapist or other mental health professional.
  • If you are stressed because of injuries, lost wages, or another result of a personal injury, contact an attorney to see how they can help you through the compensation and justice process!

Stress is everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it consume you. Which one of these stress-reducing techniques are you going to focus on today?

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The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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