When life's stressful events just don't stop, what can you do?
If you're an athlete or high performer, you know that stress is just part of the game. But what happens when the stressful events in your life just don't stop? When it feels like everything is conspiring against you and you're just trying to keep your head above water?
In this blog post, we'll explore how to deal with stress when it seems like it's never-ending. We'll look at some strategies that can help you stay afloat and even thrive in the face of adversity. So if you're feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and read on. We've got this.
Identify Your Stressors
The first step to managing chronic stress is to identify your stressors. A stressor is anything that causes you stress, whether it’s your job, your family, or your finances. Once you know what’s causing you stress, you can start to find ways to manage it.
Avoid Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
When you’re dealing with chronic stress, it’s important to avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or overeating. These coping mechanisms may provide temporary relief from stress, but they will ultimately make your stress levels worse in the long run.
Exercise is one of the best ways to manage chronic stress. Not only does it release endorphins, which have mood-boosting properties, but it also helps to reduce the physical symptoms of stress, such as tension headaches and muscle aches. Now, if you are a high-performing athlete, you already exercise regularly, so keep reading because may you just aren't getting enough quality sleep.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is another important factor in managing chronic stress. When you’re tired, your body is less able to cope with stressors, which can make your stress levels worse. Make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night so that your body can properly recover from the day’s events. Try Yoga Nidra on YouTube to help your nervous system calm down at the end of the day and help you drift off to relaxation.
Talk to Someone
If you’re struggling to deal with chronic stress on your own, talking to someone can be helpful. Whether you talk to a friend, family member, therapist, or counselor, getting your feelings out in the open can help you to feel better and start working on a solution.
Times of intense stress can help you grow and develop into all that you can be.
It can be tough to manage stress when it feels like life is throwing everything at you. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In addition to the tips we’ve already shared, we want to remind you to reach out for support. Talk to your friends and family, or even better, talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. The Absolute Aid community is a great place to start if you need more ideas on how to manage your stress. We hope these tips have helped and that you feel equipped to handle whatever comes your way.
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