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Unhealthy and Healthy Ways to Handle Stress

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Stress doesn’t get taken as seriously as it should.


Obviously, having healthy ways to handle stress is the ultimate goal. However, to develop those we have to discuss the unhealthy ways too. Click To Tweet


When people complain that they are stressed, the typical response is to tell them to take it easy or give them some kind of tranquilizer. Every single day, a great number of us make an effort to battle through intense bouts of stress. It has the potential to engulf us and take control of our lives, leaving us with a myriad of additional issues.


Everybody ought to figure out how to deal with stress in a healthy and productive way. Taking this step can make it easier for you to get your life back on track and make you feel more at ease.. The thing is, although there are many correct ways to deal with stress, there are also many incorrect ways. A lot of people turn to solutions that could get rid of their stress, but those solutions are not good for their overall well-being or their mental health.


As a result, we are going to demonstrate both the effective and ineffective strategies for dealing with stress. It is hoped that it will be of assistance in guiding you in the right direction and demonstrating what mistakes should be avoided. Then, you can tackle your stress problem and be on your way to a better life.


Therefore, in order to get the bad ideas out of the way, let us begin with the incorrect ways that people try to deal with stress.


The Ineffective Methods of Coping with Stress


Smoking, drugs and alcohol


Smoking cigarettes, drinking excessively and engaging in drug use are three behaviors that are unequivocally detrimental to one’s health. We all know this. On the other hand, a significant number of people turn to these things whenever they are experiencing stress. People have the misconception that smoking cigarettes can assist them in unwinding at the end of a stressful day. In a similar vein, taking particular drugs can disconnect you from the world around you, whereas taking others can simply make you feel a great deal more at ease. But the issue is that becoming dependent on any substance, regardless of how you look at it, is not a good way to deal with the issue that is causing you stress in the first place. This is true regardless of which perspective you take.


Now, it is almost impossible to deny that these bad habits will help relieve some of the stress that you are experiencing. The problem is that in the process, they cause a wide variety of adverse effects on your body. It is difficult to quit using drugs once you have begun. You develop an addiction to it, which may lead you to try harder drugs in the future in the hopes of prolonging their effects and finding greater relief from the pressures of your everyday life. Before you know it, you have developed a full-fledged addiction that is out of your control and spiraling downward. This is where you may need the support of Delphi Behavioral Health Group.


Comfort eating


Some people find that the best way to deal with stress is to almost always turn to their favorite comfort food. They justify their behavior by saying that they are relieving their stress by indulging in activities that bring them pleasure, such as eating their favorite foods. However, their body says otherwise. If you eat for emotional reasons on a daily basis and consume a lot of high-calorie, sugary foods, you put yourself at an increased risk of developing health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.


To make matters even worse, you are unhappy about the fact that you are gaining weight. So, it stresses you out even more! This results in you eating more and more food for comfort, and then you find yourself in a vicious cycle. Consuming food as a means of relieving stress is not only ineffective in the long run but can also lead to additional health problems.


The Healthiest Approaches to Handling Stress


Take Up Yoga/Meditation


Learning how to relax your body and mind is one of the most effective ways to deal with the negative effects of stress. You might accomplish this by engaging in activities such as yoga or meditation. Both of these things will teach you to turn off your mind and get rid of negative thoughts. A more calm and collected state of mind can be achieved by meditating for just a few minutes each day and practicing yoga for a few hours each week. It alleviates your stress without introducing any new challenges or complications.


Exercise Regularly


You should engage in other forms of physical activity in addition to yoga. Start your week off right by going for a few runs or hitting the gym to get your workout on. One of the many advantages of maintaining a regular exercise routine is that it can assist you in reducing the negative effects of stress.


You can let out a lot of pent up emotions and frustrations when you exercise; it is almost like a detox for your brain. Plus, it puts you in a really positive mood, and you feel better about yourself. 




Finally, a great way of dealing with stress is to talk about it. Express your feelings and do not bottle them up; instead, talk to others and surround yourself with people who will support you.


Do not take the easy way out. Don’t choose the wrong ways to deal with stress instead of doing something about it. Although they might appear to be fast and simple solutions, they are actually hazardous to your health. Unhealthy solutions will never provide a long-term solution.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.