In the end, stress is a psychological and emotive state that we all feel at times. Being stressed is not necessarily a bad thing, and many people will admit that they like to be stressed because it gets the best out of them. People can use it to motivate themselves, to get the best out of others and to deal with pressurised environments without succumbing to them. However, too much exposure to strains and pressure will take its toll even among people who are used to it. Severe exposure can even lead to long-term psychological conditions, such as PTSD
, for example. For most people, managing stressful states means getting their work-life balance right. However, stresses can come about outside of work and the home, as well. Some people will get very stressed out in traffic jams, for example, while others simply wait patiently for the road to clear.
There are numerous established techniques for dealing with stress and feeling more relaxed. Taking a break and going on holiday is one that is tried and tested, for example. Failing that, you could try meditation, yoga, listening to music or taking up a hobby. Exercise often helps because it helps to release the right sort of hormones that counteract stressors. All of these measures won't defeat stresses, but they can improve our resilience to them. If nothing else, they will help you to sleep better, a big factor in the ability, or otherwise, to cope with the daily stresses everyone encounters in modern life.