Common Causes Of Stress That Are Depleting Your Energy

Common Causes Of Stress That Are Depleting Your Energy

Due to a variety of events over the past year, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like there is little we can do to regain our footing and overcome the stress. However, that is the furthest thing from the truth.

With a few simple shifts and a dedication to change, we can stop approaching some of our lifechoices from a passive or reactive stance. Just pause, look at the big picture, and reclaim control.

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3 Common Causes Of Stress That Are Depleting Your Energy

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Tips for Better Sleep

Here are two simple tips to help you sleep better tonight:

  • Turn off all screens at least one hour before hitting the hay to send the signal to your brain that it’s bedtime and ease your mind into sleepy relaxation.
  • Be intentional with your soothing bedtime rituals. Instead of mindlessly passing the time in the hours before you turn in, focus on an activity that feels soothing and nurturing like a foot massage or a few gentle yoga poses.

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Sleep Quality

Lack of sleep can cause muddled focus, fatigue, and impairment of information processing which often result in secondary causes of stress. 

Two of the most common substances used in direct response to not getting enough sleep—alcohol to relax us enough to fall asleep and caffeine to perk us up after inadequate sleep—only worsen our ability to secure consistent sleep, creating a vicious cycle.

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Focus on Comfort Food

Making smart food choices in itself is inherently stressful for many people.

Take comfort in a couple of easily doable steps toward shifting your dietary habits:

  • Be mindful of your intake of highly processed foods, and enjoy the benefits of simply adding a few stress-relieving, energizing foods and beverages to your daily repertoire.
  • Water, green tea, sweet potatoes, baby spinach, brown rice, avocados, oatmeal, bananas, salmon, lean beef are all great choices to get you started.

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The Pressure To Be "Always-On”

We live in an internet-centric world that has only been compounded by the circumstances of the pandemic. Working from home has blurred the lines between personal and professional boundaries, and many are suffering the consequences.

  • Create boundaries around your “check-in” time for reading and responding to emails or social media.
  • Disable notifications on your devices to eliminate distractions.
  • Minimize news exposure.
  • Stay focused on your top priorities and make sure your actions are aligned.

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Reclaiming our power over our stressful lives requires emotional energy management for intentional stress relief. We must release the standard go-tos which, surprisingly, do more damage than good. This includes anything that stifles our emotions or keeps us distracted, preventing us from dealing with feelings of stress.

Avoiding our feelings is culturally popular and acceptable, but ineffective at relieving stress and usually involves practices that further deplete our mood and energy. Facing our emotions directly and deliberately allows us to achieve unfeigned stress relief.

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How Effective Stress Control Can Boost Your Energy

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  • Establish regular times for when you eat, sleep, read, exercise, grocery shop and so on. 
  • Look after your health, with healthy food, regular exercise and calm times in your day. 
  • Be aware of thoughts that don’t help. 
  • Face whatever worries or scares you. Sometimes, worrying about a problem is worse than the actual problem.
  • Think about breaking a big problem into smaller ones. Work on your problem solving, and don’t wait for a sudden miraculous answer.
  • Write a to-do list. If a task or problem is on paper, then it doesn’t have to be in your head.
  • Hang out with people who care about you
  • Be mindful of how you’re feeling, where you are, and who you’re with. 
  • Practise relaxing. Yoga or meditation, or just sit quietly in the park and let your body and mind settle.
  • Take time out every day to do something you enjoy.

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Acute Stress

Acute stress is the type of stress that comes as quickly as it goes. It can throw you off balance to lose your focus momentarily. Examples of situations that trigger acute stress are intense arguments with a loved one or feeling inadequate after a challenging exam.

Every time you experience acute stress, effective relaxation techniques include breathing exercises, meditation, cognitive reframing, and progressive muscle relaxation.

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