First week of June being national safety month aims to promote safety amongst individuals in the community in order to improve the quality of their lives. There are a lot of health risks that exist in today’s society, from injuries and falls to workplace hazards and even work stress. All of these hazards have the tendency to negatively impact individuals of the society.

A common health hazard experienced by the entire human race is stress. Stress is defined according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a state of worry and mental tension to a difficult situation. Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives.  

A little bit of stress is good and allows one to perform daily activities, but severe stress can affect the body’s immune system leading to a higher chance of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and even cancer.

In today’s fast paced world, the levels of chronic stress amongst individuals is at an all time high. According to the center for disease control and prevention, stress accounts for 75% of all doctors visit in the United States. To promote health and well-being, it is important to be aware of the effects of stress and how to manage chronic stress in our daily lives.

There is no one cause of stress, as the reaction to life is what determines whether a situation is a stressful one or not. However, there are some situations that rank as the top causes of stress, these include;

  • Poverty: poverty creates a sense of lack of control in one’s life which can lead to chronic stress.
  • Dysfunctional marriage or family: our relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives. Hence, having constant troubles with the people around us may lead to chronic stress.
  • Deeply dissatisfying job: working a job without any passion or excitement about it and without any hope for change or improvement may also lead to chronic stress.

Now, let us explore some useful tips to help manage chronic stress in our daily lives.

  • Get enough sleep: a constant lack of adequate sleep can lead to chronic stress. Getting enough sleep is important for both the mind and body and sleep repairs and rejuvenates the body, and can help reverse the effects of stress.
  • Keep a daily routine: Having a daily routine can create a sense of control and help with proper use of time, it also makes it easier for one to make time out for fun and recreational activities. 
  • Connect with others: human connection is one of the primary human needs, keeping in touch with family and loved ones can help relieve stress. Additionally, joining support groups helps create a sense of belonging, uplift one’s mood hence reliving the feeling of stress.
  • Exercise regularly: regular exercise has proven to relieve stress. During exercise, the brain releases a chemical “dopamine”. Dopamine is a feel good chemical that gives feelings of pleasure, satisfaction and motivation. Hence relieving the feeling of stress.

Stress is a natural part of the human make up, but chronic stress can lead to life threatening conditions. Hence, it is important to pay attention to your stress levels and explore ways to relieve stress in order to live a healthier life.

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