This is a collaborative post about mental health by Ellie Jo.
The reasons we feel stress often can’t be easily pinpointed or fixed. Medical issues, family trouble, relationship woes, career challenges. These may all be what causes us to feel stressed, but there are other factors that play serious contributing roles. By taking care of these additional factors, we can help reduce the impact of stress on our lives. Here are some worth concerning yourself over.
Sources Of Stress To Tackle First
Most people have some experience of just how stressful it can be when you’re unable to make your money stretch as far as it needs to. Yet, it’s bad habits, poor planning, and a lack of foresight that causes the most financial stress. Online budgeting tools can help you better plan out what to do with the money you earn, from everyday spending to putting aside savings to better hit financial goals. It feels good to feel in control of your money. Yet, so many people rely on their own instinct and “good sense” which often leads to failure and overspending.
Sleep regulates the stress hormone, cortisol and tackles two sources of stress. It also helps us physically relax, losing the tension in our body that can lead to things like back pain and joint inflammation when we are stressed. A new host of bedroom furniture, including the right bed, can help you create an environment that helps you get to sleep. In turn, you can fight both the mental and physical manifestations of stress. A new style in the bedroom can help, but so can a nighttime routine, so try setting a bedtime and spend the hour before it getting ready, relaxing and staying away from screens.
Minds that have little to do often wander and, when they do, they tend to wander to sources of strife. Overthinking any issue in your life is likely to exacerbate it and overblow it until it seems like a major challenge. If you have too much time on your hands, try to find ways to workout your mind. Busy yourself with puzzles, try to master a new craft or art form, play games. Don’t give your mind the time to idle.
A healthy body leads to a healthier mind. If you have habits that are bad for your physical health, there’s a good chance they’re taking their toll mentally, too. This includes smoking, drinking, and inactivity. Exercise has shown to be tremendously effective as a stress-buster. Not only does the rush of endorphins help lighten your mood but, in the long-term, it gives you a sense of control and progression in your life. That can tackle some of the main root causes of stress. It’s all about finding the motivation to start, which can easily be achieved by joining classes or signing up with a personal trainer.
The factors above may not be the root causes of your stress, but by taking care of them, you can lessen the impact on your mind and body. In turn, that puts you in a better headspace to find solutions or ways of dealing with those root causes, too.
Rachel K. Belkin, M.Ed, is a journalist and writer with over 15 years of expertise in travel, business and marketing education, health, and local Austin, Texas events.
With a Master's degree in education from Texas State University and a Business Foundations Certification from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Rachel's extensive background is highlighted by her published works and contributions to prestigious publications, including HuffPost, Hometalk, Matador Network, AP News, and MSN.com, as well as on her own platforms, Rachel K. Belkin, Elkin Bay, and Probe the Globe.
Beyond her accomplishments in writing, Rachel is a sought-after educator, teaching businesses effective marketing strategies and content creation techniques. Notably, she successfully built a blog from scratch in 2008, ultimately selling it for six figures in 2021.
Rachel's commitment to advocacy is exemplified by her role on the Breast Cancer Resource Center Advisory Council, particularly contributing to the success of the Young Survivor Project. Rachel is also an experienced public speaker with appearances on TV segments for Fox 7 Austin, KXAN, and CBS Austin and as a speaker at conferences and professional networking meetings for business owners and cancer survivors.