When I looked at the dictionary, wonderful interpreted different meanings: inspiring, delight, pleasure, or admiration; extremely good; marvelous.
All of these words go with the life we would like to have. We would like to be role models and inspiration for others, we want our life to be completed with our fulfilled desires, to have esteemed respect, with a good moral and amazing a full of wonderful experiences which attract many others to wish they had such a wonderful lifestyle.
All of these can be achieved by having a positive mindset and vital thinking, which leads to a peaceful, mindful and healthy life.
In today’s frantic world everyone is busy achieving success. But very few of us know what success in this world is?
This is one more article among thousands of blogs that have been written on self-development and self-improvement including hundreds of geniuses and bestseller books. But if I don’t write on this, it will be a major failure to myself as I want to live my life with a wonderful style and my definite goal to promote a positive environment in our society and the entire world. To achieve my definite goal this is my first step. I do believe, with the help of this article and many more in the future, I will reach out to millions living on earth now and will be born in the future.
Build a positive mindset
Most of us wish to be an icon of leading life on our desired goals, but only a few of us have achieved this status. What is the difference between those who have achieved their desiring lifestyle and those who are struggling even to get a feeling of having the slightest part of happiness? The biggest difference is the power of thinking.
Imagine the positive mindset, can give many of us a life full of accomplishment, achieving the goals over goals and it can reach to the mars and beyond. The only thing a person needs to develop is positive thinking now and every time. On contradictory, a person with negative thinking can dig his own grave, not only dig the grave but can go and sleep inside and put sand on himself to bury in a miserable fashion.
You can be smiling or with frown faces, you can be happy or sad, you can be optimistic or pessimistic, you can be cool or anxious, you can be stressed or soothed, you can be angry or having annoyed and showing great resilient to an event or a situation, it all depends on your thinking.
Reduce Stress of all kinds
As soon as we hear the term “stress” we overburden ourselves with stress. According to The American Psychological Association (APA) there 3 main types of stress. Let us discuss the major types of stress in a little bit of detail and we will see how we can cope with each type.
Stress is your response to an event that you may think is a danger for you. The same situation for someone else may be different from what you think. There are some real dangers and some are imaginary based on your opinion about the situation. Let us take a look at the real dangers that happen every day in our lives and how we handle them.
Short-term stress is called Acute Stress. In our daily life, we come across many stress like situations, getting late to the office due to traffic jams, running out of time for project delivery, children at home can give stress if not handled properly.
Some stress is helping us to push our capabilities to the maximum in order to achieve our goals. Like if you are running out of time to deliver some project, you may push a little more and work hard or seek help from your colleagues to meet the deadline. In any case of stress, you will find many symptoms occur in the body and our mind also gets affected by such events.
The heart starts racing, blood pressure might rise, one may feel heartburn or chest pain, the stomach may be uncomfortable, etc. The mind may be busy thinking about the event which has led to such a stressful situation and it consumes more energy than normal.
Episodic acute stress
Acute stress doesn’t damage our system much as our body has a stress management mechanism taking care of such stresses and the body’s fight or flight system is triggered which brings the body to the normal state after such danger is passed.
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Some people may suffer from acute stress frequently. In this case, our body’s fight or flight mechanism is triggered more often than it is usually required. Imagine a leaking tap, when a droplet of water drop on the stone below the tap, it doesn’t make any difference to the stone. But if this tap is leaked for a long period of time and this drop of water is falling on stone more frequently, a time comes when it may make a hole in the stone. In a similar way too often occurrence of acute stress is prone to damage our physical and mental health.
If Acute stress is not handled properly, it may turn into Episodic acute stress it may bring many physical symptoms, such as heart disease or clinical depression.
When a person is prone to acute stress, often it develops many symptoms in the body. It engages the person in worrying about every situation. The body gets tensed and it develops irritability and anger. It exhausts the person and keeps draining the energy. The person feels tired, annoyed, and irritated. In such cases, the person is always in a rush and triesto compete against time to achieve desired goals, but never reaches or achieves them on time.
Chronic stress is a very advanced level of stress in which a person is getting away from day to day, it destroys the complete personality. It occupies the mind completely and destroys the body and mind. Such stress is constantly diluting personality and engaging the mind with negative thoughts. Major reasons that lead a person to suffer from Chronic Stress are commonly known as follows:
Troubled family issues
According to Federal Occupational Health (FOH), there are the following common Signs & Signals of a Stress Reaction
|Fatigue||Tendency to Blame Others||Anxiety||Changes in Normal Activities|
|Insomnia||Confusion||Survivor Guilt/Self-Blame||Change in Speech|
|Muscle Tremors||Poor Attention||Grief||Withdrawal from Others|
|Twitches||Inability to Make Decisions||Denial||Emotional Outbursts|
|Difficulty Breathing||Heightened or Lowered Alertness||Severe Pain (Rare)||Change in Communication|
|Rapid Breathing||Poor Concentration||Fear of Loss/of Going Crazy||Suspiciousness|
|Elevated Blood Pressure||Forgetfulness||Uncertainty||Inability to Rest|
|Rapid Heartbeat||Trouble Identifying Known Objects or People||Loss of Emotional Control||Substance Abuse|
|Chest Pain||Increased or Decreased Awareness of Surroundings||Emotional Numbness||Intensified Startle Reflex|
|Headaches||Poor Problem-Solving||Depression||Antisocial Acts|
|Visual Difficulties||Loss of Sense of Time, Place, or Person||Lack of Capacity for Enjoyment||Pacing|
|Nausea/Vomiting||Disturbed Thinking||Apprehension||Erratic Movements|
|Thirst||Nightmares||Intense Anger||Decreased Personal Hygiene|
|Hunger||Inescapable Images||Irritability||Diminished Sexual Drive|
|Excessive Sweating||Suicidal Ideas||Helplessness||Prolonged Silences|
|Weakness||Change in Values||Feelings of Worthlessness|
|Fainting||Search for Meaning||Apathy/Boredom|
Small steps to reduce stress
Identify what triggers your stress. In some cases, any particular event increases your stress level, such as a traffic jam. You may think an alternate route. Furthermore, you may try to listen to podcasts of your interest. If your stress is related to the job, you may need to write it down and then find out what actions suits the best for you to handle such situations. If it is out of control, you may switch to some other job. I have written will discuss how to handle stress at the workplace in a different article.
Optimize your thinking process. Thinking is the second biggest thing we do on a daily basis after the breathtaking tasks. We keep neglecting our thinking and think that it happens to us. If we change our attitude toward our thinking that it doesn’t what happen to us rather we do our thinking on our own and we can control our thoughts, it will be a game-changer in most of our lives.
By default, our taught are negative in nature. To change them to positive we need a lot of effort to put on. This is not the place to discuss this in detail. Just know for now that we need to keep an eye on our thoughts and keep them positive as much as possible
Keep a healthy social network. Psychologists suggest that keeping good and healthy social relations not only gives you happiness, it also reduces your daily stress at an optimal level.
Engage yourself with regular physical exercise. Regular exercise boosts your energy level. It releases hormones in your brain called “endorphins”, which help in producing positive feelings and happiness. Endorphins also help in reducing pain. Exercise helps you maintain your body structure and keeps your weight in control.
Have enough sleep every night. It reduces your stress. If you don’t get enough sleep, it may generate stress hormones, which can affect your daily lifestyle. Having adequate sleep keeps your stress level low as possible and keeps blood pressure in control.
This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you experience symptoms that cause you concern, please consult your physician.