5 of the Biggest Stress Triggers

Stress Triggers | SA Men

Life in general is becoming more and more frantic and more demanding as time goes by. It’s essential to realise when you are becoming stressed, so that you can take measures to deal with it or even better, prevent it from happening. Take some time out, relax, and take a look at these 5 stress triggers and tips on how to manage them. Remember, there is always a way to deal with it!

1.  Breathe easy with a healthy life

Living unhealthy lifestyles doesn’t only make us more susceptible to illness, but can cause us to fall into the stress trap a lot more easily than someone who is active and eats well. If you haven’t been to a gym in a while and you eat MacDonald’s after work because it’s easier than cooking for yourself; you’re probably aware of that sluggish, lethargic feeling and may find that your moods are variable. This could cause you to become stressed over minor things and will probably not leave you with a good sense of self confidence either.

2.  Work smart and manage the stress

One of the major stress triggers has got to be our jobs. Pushing towards deadlines, aiming for sales goals, and working long hours in the hope that you get that raise or promotion can really put a strain on our lives. Make sure you take a time out during the day, and do some form of exercise before or after work. It’s amazing how much easier you can cope when you throw a bit of physical exercise into the mix.

If during the day, you feel like you’re about to explode, take yourself out of the situation, sit somewhere calmly and perform a breathing exercise or two. This just helps to centre yourself and bring you back down to earth.

3.  Bad news is good news, but not for your stress levels

The news, especially in South Africa can be cause for raising our stress levels. Corrupt politicians, crime, lack of services and an uncertain future, all add to our stress levels whether we are aware of it or not. Instead of starting or ending your day with the news, as a suggestion, rather limit your news reading to one or two days a week. This way you will still keep informed, but won’t have the bad news constantly on your mind.

4.  Finalise a plan for your finances

Your financial situation may or may not have an effect on your stress levels. For many people though, this is a major contributor to their daily stresses. If you’re in debt and can’t get out of it, it’s time you made a plan. Inform the people who you owe money to that you have every intention of paying them back, and possibly discuss a payment plan with them. Work it out and give it time. It may take 3 months or it may take 5 years. Either way, if you know that you have made a plan and your debtor has accepted this, it will be a major weight off your shoulders. Stick to the plan to pay it off and breathe easy.

5.  Your mental well-being is number 1

It has often been said that we are our own worst enemies and that usually the things we worry about are not nearly as important as the things we never consider. Our perceptions and attitudes develop the way we deal with circumstances and situations. A slight change can make the world of difference in how we see our lives which will have a knock on effect and influence our well-being in a positive way.

Try and let go of your expectations. There are some things you cannot control and therefore worrying about the fact that the outcome may not be what you wanted, will only serve to make you bitter and stressed out. Work and finances can be dealt with and managed so as to reduce the stress. Be conscious of your state of mind and practice dealing with the stress on a daily basis. Most of all, take time to relax and unwind with a little alone time by yourself every day. Even half an hour a day will be immensely effective. Learn to deal with it, manage your time, and take it easy. Life is too short to be stressed out!