Stress is a prevalent part of every individual’s life, but for many Americans, the pandemic has led to unprecedented stress levels. A survey by the American Psychological Association reveals two out of three adults report increased stress throughout the pandemic. This is compounded by existing stressors identified by the respondents: health care, mass shootings, finances, climate change, rising suicide rates, and drugs, to name a few. Increased stress affects people emotionally and physically, causing bodily tension, irritation, and mood swings.
In a perfect world, you would simply remove these issues to reduce stress. In reality, the best you can do is to find ways to cope. Have a healthier approach to stress with these following tips:
Find a fulfilling job
There's more to work than earning to pay the bills; it should also be something you are passionate about. One of the most stressful things adults experience is spending a significant amount of time doing work they don’t enjoy.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people of all working backgrounds spend an average of eight hours working per day. Given that it’s a significant investment, it may be more helpful to commit to a more fulfilling and rewarding job. Doing something you love will reduce work-related stress and open more opportunities to be productive in the way you want.
Focus on your health and well-being
The key to reducing health-related stressors is to plan ahead and invest in health and well-being. It is a crucial investment in all stages of life. In fact, you should prioritize your health throughout your adulthood.
Preventive care can also be done at home. For instance, you can manage chronic pain with Warmies Heat Pads or Hot Paks, depending on which part of the body is affected. By monitoring and treating existing conditions now, there’s a better chance that you won’t develop and stress over severe health problems as you get older.
Practice healthy financial habits
Money is a common stressor for many adults, and it's something everyone has to deal with every day. Make it a priority early on to start building healthy money management habits. Have a monthly budget and ensure that your income covers all your expenses, so that you can live comfortably and with less anxiety. Starting a savings account early on also prepares you for any unexpected financial issues.
You can start with something as straightforward as opening a robust savings account. In fact, a high-yield savings account can earn up to 4 times more than the national average traditional savings accounts. This way, you can grow your money more efficiently as time goes by. Of course, there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to finances. Your habits should be tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
Do not take on other people’s problems
Life is stressful enough without taking on other people’s problems. The more caught-up you get with the issues of others, the more you enable them to transfer that responsibility to you. It may sound selfish at first, but you are not responsible for any other problems but your own, and you will live a less stressful life this way.
Instead of carrying other people’s problems, trust that they will do what they can to resolve them. Be there to support them, but maintain clear boundaries with your involvement. By shifting the conversation away from yourself, you can empower others while keeping the stress and pressure away from yourself.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is just as important for overall health in adulthood, especially when it comes to keeping stress levels low. A good night’s sleep can help improve memory and concentration, repair any cell damage from the day’s activities, and strengthen your immune system.
Both the quantity and quality of sleep matter and there are several ways to achieve the latter. One of our recent Warmies posts discusses having a warm bath, aromatherapy, or practicing mindfulness techniques close to bedtime. Such activities promote relaxation, which is an essential component of getting good rest. By letting your body unwind and recharge, you can significantly reduce your stress levels to allow a better quality of life after 40.
Article exclusively written for warmies.com
By Ashley Camden