People say that you are not doing anything meaningful in life if you never feel stressed out. While that may be true, you should not feel the need to harbor as many sources of stress as possible to be able to claim that you are doing something relevant.
Jenev Caddell, PsyD said “While there are numerous ways to slow down and be more present, the key to cutting down the worry is remembering the importance of doing so.”
Otherwise, you experience the following results of stress that you undoubtedly do not want to hear.
1. It Makes You Ugly
No one can deny how much we all want to look fabulous in everyone’s eyes. The proof of that is the increasing number of makeup, whitening, or tanning products that get advertised in different media outlets every day. More aesthetic centers are popping up as well, considering people have a lot of features that they want to fix.
The thing is, no matter how many products you slap on your face and body, they will all end up useless if your stress level is taller than you. When you wipe off the cosmetics or get rid of the augmentations, you may still look old and ugly since stress can dry your skin, cause acne breakout, and produce wrinkles.
2. It Pushes Your Loved Ones Away
You cannot possibly be exposed to gamma radiation, but when you’re too stressed, you can quickly turn into Incredible Hulk with the slightest triggers. For instance, if your kid comes back in the house after playing outside and you see their dirty clothes, you may scold him or her for that. In case a colleague asks about the project you’re both working on, you bark at them to check it on their own.
Do you want to become an island that’s isolated by every living creature? It can happen if you don’t try to reduce your stress levels.
3. It Causes You To Miss Opportunities
Stress can make your vision narrow, frankly speaking. You may be too busy at work to realize that there’s an email from another company that wants to offer you a higher salary and position, for example. Your friend may also want to set you up on a blind date with a fantastic guy, but you avoid it because you don’t have the time. The keys to the doors that open for you, therefore, end up getting picked up by other people.
Considering you don’t wish to miss opportunities in the future, do your best to lessen your sources of stress. Relax a bit after a long day; don’t take your work at home. Furthermore, if you have to, file for an indefinite leave of absence as well to find yourself again. This way, you will become alert enough to know when chances come your way.
Jenna Wierenga, PsyD said “Catastrophic thinking is pondering all the negative reasons why your date didn’t return your call right away.”
Stress is not your best friend; it does not have your best interests at heart. You cannot be extremely happy or fulfilled as long as you are dealing with too much stress. Try to get rid of your stressors at some point or at least reduce their number to avoid seeing the facts mentioned above come to reality. For example, try to look for a hug from someone you love. According to Scott Bea, PsyD, “If you received a hug on a day that you had experienced some interpersonal conflict, the hug was actually a modifier of the stress response – meaning you had less of an increase in negative emotion, and less of a decrease in positive sentiment, if you got a simple hug.” Cheers!