Stress awareness is a major global conversation given the state of the world post-pandemic. By now you must know that stress is the body’s response to anything that causes you emotional or psychological strain. Covid 19 has been one of the biggest stressors for the last two years. It disrupted life and collectively disoriented everyone for many months.
According to American Psychological Association (APA) notes that Generation Z is the most stressed group currently. They have become adults in a time of great stress caused by the pandemic, climate change, an increasing cost of living, and political issues. They also note that Gen Z cares for their wellness and a big number actually seek professional help. This is excellent news.
Stress is a natural part of life, and it’s important to be aware of the causes and effects of stress. It has been linked to an increased risk for depression, anxiety disorders, heart disease, insomnia, and other health problems. It can also cause physical symptoms like headaches and muscle tension.
The more information we have at our fingertips—and the more time we spend looking at screens instead of being physically present with others—the more likely it is that we’ll feel stressed out by the constant bombardment of stimuli.
We agree that stress is a normal, unavoidable part of life. But it doesn’t have to be the main focus of your day. Wellbeing practices teach you how you can be more mindful of your stress levels, and how to manage it more effectively.
In fact, you can use stress as a tool for personal growth by learning how to manage it and make the most of this inevitable state of being. Here are some things you can do to help yourself:
1. Get moving—whether it’s walking around the block or going on a hike with your dog, movement is key in reducing stress and boosting your mood.
2. Eat well—staying healthy will help you cope with stress because it helps your body handle challenges better and gives you more energy to take whatever comes your way.
3. Manage your time wisely—don’t let work or other commitments take over your life! Schedule downtime into your schedule so that you have time for things like exercise, hobbies, or even just relaxing at home with a book or movie marathon!