In my blog on the key elements of a healthy lifestyle, I included proper stress management on the list. If you want to stay healthy, you must know how to properly handle and manage stress. Medical studies show that there is a huge impact of stress on the overall health of an individual. It could trigger not only emotional but also physical and emotional instability. Extreme amount of stress can have serious effects on the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems.
Inevitably, we face a lot of circumstances every day that are rather stressful. Commuting to work is one thing but heavy traffic is another thing.
My Passion and Interest
Even the things we love to do and are passionate about could be a source of stress. It’s been almost two months since I signed up with Wealthy Affiliate. It was all fun and excitement for the first 2-3 weeks until it was time to put to work the all things that I’ve learned so far from the courses and boot camp.
First of all, it felt really great building up my own website, customizing it according to my preference and then adding the necessary frameworks to it. This is all new to me so to finally be able to have my own website for my blogs and articles is indeed a great blessing.
However, I found out that the most challenging part is writing contents. That’s because we’re not just talking here of any content but relevant contents.
And this is something that I had to work really hard for during the first 6 weeks or so. Of course, I can always outsource it but I wanted to challenge myself and give it a try before deciding if I can really do this or not.
So I found myself stressing out a lot. I’ve been pushing myself too hard and I have to sacrifice a lot of my spare time to work on my website. Although I was working a full time job, I still have a lot of time to do my household chores, watch my TV series and so on.
Lately I’ve been spending more and more time writing contents because I have two websites on different niches. It is really stressful and it’s starting to take a huge toll on me.
I’ve been working full time for 20 years now and don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Having a job is a blessing and I am truly grateful to God because not only are my needs sustained but I can help out with my family’s needs as well. The main reason I took up this job in the first place was because I love it and I enjoy it.
That was 10 years ago and now looking back, I have no regrets whatsoever. But this year is a different story because I am now beginning to hate my job. I’m now beginning to hate the job that I used to love and enjoy.
What changed? The normal 8-hour duty has become 12 hours, which is actually nothing new because I’m kind’a used to this already. I’m usually doing 12-hour shifts on Fridays (Friday here in the Middle East is the equivalent of Sunday to most countries) and twice or at most three times a week when somebody in my department is on leave or vacation.
And not to mention the Ramadan month in wherein all Muslims work only 6 hours a day, with the remaining 2 hours covered by non-Muslim co-workers. The problem is that this set up has become almost regular that I feel like I’m spending more time working for other people than doing the things that I enjoy. You know how that feels like? Terrible!
The Adverse Effects of Stress
I’m pretty sure many of you can relate to what I’m going through and although the cause of your stress could be different from mine we can all agree that it’s not something we wish to take on forever.
Since the day my site was up and running and the 12-hour shift 3-4 times a week on my job, I haven’t been eating and sleeping well enough. I have lost my appetite and as a result, I did not only lose weight but I also lost the energy and stamina to do my daily routine.
I also noticed that I’ve become so moody and irritable and I don’t like it. I don’t like the person I see on the mirror every waking hour. I have become too stressed out and busy that I do not have time to relax and unwind. The things that I used to enjoy like my job have become burdensome. And that’s not healthy at all. What’s the point writing about ways to stay healthy when the writer is not taking her own advice seriously.
Finding positive and healthy ways to manage stress could definitely reduce the negative consequences it has on our health. Today I made a decision to take things slow and find time to relax and enjoy life. My biggest worry right now is that if I keep things the way they are right now I might eventually lose myself along the way or worse I could get really sick. Stress is a silent killer and nobody wants anything to do with it.
So how do we do it?
1. First of all you must figure out the cause of stress in your life. If you are able to identify what they are then you should be able to eliminate or at least reduce them.
2. Manage your time better. Having a balanced schedule is a good way to eliminate stress so try to find a balance between work, family, social activities and involvements and daily activities.
3. Make time for fun and relaxation activities that you enjoy.
4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced diet, exercise and make sure you get enough sleep.
5. But most of all, know that there’s a God who takes care of everything. Always make time for Him, give Him all your troubles and care because He cares for you.