Tips on coping with stress

Dr. Purushothaman
January 17, 2014


It doesn't take that much for the stresses of everyday life to really grind us down. After all, times are particularly tough for a lot of people at the moment. Jobs are hard to find, leaving many people in long-term unemployment, whilst even those of us fortunate enough to be in work are often struggling to keep up with the cost of living. Needless to say, we all have our individual stress thresholds and some people find it easier to cope with this kind of strain than others. The important thing is to know when stress has become a serious problem and imposes a serious burden on your daily routine.
There are relatively few people who breeze through life having never had a single brush with stress, and millions of people every year report some stress-related symptoms. Of course, some people who give the appearance of living a stress-free lifestyle are more good actors than anything else, having developed elaborate coping mechanisms to give the appearance of a breezy demeanour. In fact, this kind of approach to stress may be the most dangerous of all. The more you try to kid yourself that you are not feeling the strain, the more entrenched certain negative behaviours can become  and the harder it is to treat them and get back to living a normal lifestyle.
If you feel you may be at risk of stress, there are some steps you can take to ease some of the burden on your shoulders. Perhaps the most important thing to do is to isolate stress at the source  this means singling out the primary root cause and tackling it accordingly. This way, you can seek to reduce your exposure to the specific trigger that causes stress. This is often easier said than done, but it has been proven to have some success. Having said that, avoidant behaviour is not to be encouraged. Sometimes it is better to face your fears head-on â€" but the best way to do this is to seek out a helping hand from a qualified therapist.
Its easy to see it as some sort of defeat when you admit to yourself that you have a problem with stress and need professional assistance. However, it does in fact require a not unsubstantial amount of fortitude and courage to be honest with yourself in this manner and get to work in resolving your problem. Take a look online to find out more about how behavioural therapists can help you combat stress.

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