DO YOU KNOW YOUR SILENT AND INVISIBLE STRESSORS? CHECK YOUR STRESS LEVELS HERE.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, and while some stress can be beneficial, excessive and chronic stress can have negative effects on both our mental and physical health. But did you know that not all stressors are visible? There are certain hidden stress factors that can have a severe impact on your wellbeing and, ultimately, on your health. In this article, we’ll explore some of these silent stressors and provide tips on how to cope with them.
1. INFORMATION OVERLOAD
One of the main stressors in modern life is the amount of information we have to cope with on a daily basis. With technology, we are constantly bombarded with information from multiple sources such as social media, emails, news, and entertainment platforms. At the end of the day, our brains need to sort out what is really necessary and prioritize the information. This can leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed out without even realizing it.
Here are some signs that you might be experiencing information overload:
• Feeling tired and edgy after spending time online
• Difficulty taking care of your health and fitness goals due to distractions.
• Feeling like you’re swimming in an ocean of information and don’t know how to get out.
• Feeling lost without your mobile phone or other digital devices.
• Difficulty focusing and staying on task.
• Feeling like everything is just too much to handle.
To combat information overload, try these strategies:
• Write down what is really important for you and how you want to spend your time and with whom.
• Filter where you want to pay attention to and prioritize your goals.
• Find your purpose, identity, values, and goals.
• Identify what makes you angry and what is important to you.
Once you know your identity and values, take an honest look at where you spend your time and energy.
• Are you putting enough time and energy toward what you value? When you say “yes” to what you value, you’ll probably have to say “no” to something else.
2. SENSORY OVERLOAD
Another hidden stress factor is sensory overload. Some noises are almost universally stressful, like loud music or noises that you can’t control.
This can cause stress and feelings of discomfort or overwhelm, which may even lead to other sensory sensitivities like rejecting certain foods.
Here are some tips to reduce sensory overload:
• Close doors and blinds in your office.
• Wear noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs.
• Talk to your colleagues or neighbors about using headphones and incorporating silent times.
• Switch off the ring tone on your computer or phone.
• Take silent breaks throughout the day.
• Look for a quiet place to eat or meditate.
• Consider visiting sensory rooms designed specifically for people with sensory issues.
3. EMOTIONAL LABOR
Finally, emotional labor is a type of hidden stress that involves managing the emotions of others. Nurses, therapists, coaches, and even parents might relate: no matter what kind of day you’re having, you still try to seem caring and cheerful. It’s the internal work needed to actively manage the feelings of others, as well as control our own response.
Here are some tips to cope with emotional labor:
• Set clear boundaries between home and work, and try not to check work email during dinner or after a certain hour.
• Say no to additional responsibilities and ask for empathy and support from family and friends.
• Take walks in nature or engage in other activities that help you relax and recharge.
• Consider seeking support from a therapist or other professional who understands your struggles.
• Treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment.
In conclusion, by becoming aware of these hidden stress factors and implementing strategies to cope with them, you can reduce stress levels and improve your overall wellbeing. Remember to prioritize self-care and make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. By doing so, you can better manage stress and live a healthier, happier life.