Source: SUNY

By Thomas Maranian

Sometimes life can seem overwhelming and too much to handle. There are a countless number of things that can lead to stress. Understanding stress can help you treat it, because like any other infection, stress can be cured. What you have to understand about it is that if you don’t deal with it now, it can continue to deteriorate your life as the clock continues to tick. Knowing your options and ways to combat it will help you immensely going forward in whatever it is you do for a living.

You might have five different semester long projects, four different exams on the same day, and a dozen different homework assignments due tomorrow. You might be worried that everyone on your team is playing a good round of golf but you. You might be angry with your boss for not realizing your capabilities. Or you might just be constantly arguing with people, left and right. Stress, regardless of where it comes from, will always have a negative impact on your mentality going forward, and it is best to be rid of it as soon as possible.

The moment you feel this negativity kicking in to your head, stop everything you are doing, count to five, and take a deep breath. You are going to be okay. No matter what happens, time continues to go forward. Sometimes you might just need someone to tell you that everything will be alright.

It all begins with sleep. No one is lying to you when you hear that getting enough sleep is what determines whether you have a good day or a bad one. That being said, starting your day with a nutritious breakfast goes hand in hand with getting enough sleep. If you don’t eat breakfast, you will more than likely be hungry throughout the entire morning. Lack of sleep and being hungry will severely damage your chances of living a stress-free life.

Getting quality sleep and eating well is just the beginning. Exercising your body also exercises the mind and in turn, allows you to sleep better. Find something you love doing and stick with it. For example, if you love running, chances are it makes you smile. The moment you feel overwhelmed with stress, get those Nike’s on and start running. If you love to swim, get the trunks on and dive in. The one thing you don’t want is to do nothing. If you sit around and let the stress consume you, you are only worsening the matter more than it needs to be. Also, stress is a huge cause of binge eating. You don’t want to put on unnecessary weight because you don’t

know how to properly deal with your anxieties. Get on your feet and do something about it. No one can take your stress away for you. You have to explore your options and solve your own problems.

At no point should you turn to alcohol to relieve your stress. All of that stress will just come storming back to you once your hangover subsides. Think before taking action. That can’t be stressed enough, no pun intended. You’ll save a lot of money on what you think can buy your happiness, and you will skip the extra calories that could upset how your body looks. Forget the coffee and forget the alcohol. You’re very likely to become stressed when you can’t get access to those drinks because you were so accustomed to them in the first place. Turn to water when you are overwhelmed. It will allow you to get necessary fluids your body needs and it will help reduce your anxiety in the long run.

At the end of the day, you are not necessarily at fault for your stress unless you do more to provoke it. Take the time to understand what you are going through. Always remember that you are capable of more than you can possibly imagine. You have complete control over your emotions. Don’t let them control you!