Dealing with Stress the WRONG Way

Are you dealing with stress the wrong way?

Stress. It’s bad for our health. But here’s how NOT to deal with it. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Stress is so bad for our health. It can affect our bodies and our minds, causing symptoms as diverse as headaches, depression and weight loss or gain. Worse than that, it can push us into making poor decisions and doing things that we probably wouldn’t do were we not stressed.

Dealing with stress the wrong way is really quite common, but it is to be avoided at all costs if you want to come out of the other side in good shape. With that in mind, here are some example of how people deal with stress the WRONG way:

Drinking to Excess

There’s nothing wrong with having a little drink to unwind now and again, but if you start medicating your stress by drinking regularly and to excess you have a problem. Alcohol’s effects on your brain can be serious and can cause a whole host of problems, including depression and addiction. Anyway, it won’t actually get rid of your stress. Sure, you might feel a bit better for a little while, but when you wake up in the morning hungover, dehydrated and late for work, your stress is just going to be greater than it was before you picked up that glass.

Smoking

Many people who’ve successfully quit smoking in the past, take it up again when they’re feeling stressed out. This is obviously a very bad idea – you just have to look at the effects of smoking to see that –and it won’t work. You’ll still be just as stressed out when you’re smoking that cigarette as you were before. The only reason why people feel calmer after smoking is because they have a nicotine addiction and by smoking, they’re satisfying that craving. If you’ve given up smoking long ago, you won’t feel that effect, and you will have poisoned your body for no good reason.

Eating Too Much

She overeats when she's stressed out

Overeating is a common response to stress but it isn’t a healthy one. Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Emotional eating and stress go hand in hand for many people, but it really isn’t a good idea to up your junk food intake, or your calorie intake when you’re feeling stressed out. For one thing, eating too much will put more stress on your body as your blood pressure rises and you start to feel the negative effects of excess, and if you start to gain weight, you’ll probably end up feeling even worse about that. I know sometimes it’s hard to stop overeating when you’re stressed, but you really must try hard to break the habit and maintain a healthy diet, perhaps by joining a support group for overeaters, if you want to make positive progress with your health. It really is very important. Continue reading

When You Should Take Time Off For The Sake Of Your Health

Illness can leave you feeling miserable. When your health is in bad shape, it can have quite a big effect on the rest of your life. You might be lacking mental acuity and focus. Perhaps your aches and discomfort are preventing you from spending any time on a single task. Without a doubt, any illness will affect your performance at work. But when should you say enough is enough and take some time off?

These days, every worker is essential to smooth running of the business. Taking time off can be incredibly disruptive, especially if you’re the boss. But are you really bringing any benefit to the business if you are you sat there worrying and fretting about your ailing health? You have a few options here. You might choose to persevere, tackling the edges of the little tasks. Does this look good to your co-workers? Putting on a brave face rarely goes down that well with others.

Aches can cause physical and psychological problems

Being in pain – like this woman – can lead to a lack of sleep and many other issues. Pexels, CC0 License.

A second option is to work from home. This isn’t always practical either, but it might take the edge off your exhaustion if you don’t have to deal with the commute. The third option is to take some time off until you are well. There is no way to know how long that may take, or even if it will offer a full recovery. But it does buy you time to address the issues and put a practical plan of action into place.

Speak to your doctor. If you’ve recently had medical treatment for your condition, it’s time to find out why it isn’t working. And if you’re feeling worse, then you might even be looking at a medical malpractice case. If you’ve done everything that was expected of you, but something has gone wrong, you must find an alternative practitioner quickly so you can start the road to full recovery. After all, your livelihood depends on it, as well as your health and well-being.

Stress and a lack of sleep can aggravate every kind of illness. If you’re taking the time to rest, then do that. Switch off from work and the other things that are worrying you in life. Enjoy a massage or two. Eat well, do a couple of relaxing things you love, and get some sleep. It will help give you a new perspective on how to tackle the problems. And it gives your body the best chance to rejuvenate.

There are several signs that it is time to take a sick day:

  • You’re getting worse, not better
  • Your doctor has recommended it
  • Your boss has suggested it
  • You’re unable to perform your role well enough
  • Your concern about your health is affecting your concentration and your sleeping patterns

Don’t soldier on if it won’t benefit anyone. A brave face isn’t necessary. Instead, shift your focus and attention to improving your health so you can be back to work and performing well sooner.

Long term health issues should be regularly assessed to ensure they are not worsening. You should have an action plan for coping that prioritizes your well being. Take care.