Dealing with stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. Unfortunately, we cannot escape to a situation without any stress and still remain a part of the social fabric of society. Society is full of stimuli, most of which imposes on us and forces us to respond. Being able to respond correctly is a sign of maturity on our part.

We experience stress because we are in new situations that we have not quite known fully yet how to respond. For example, if a work colleague says something unkind to us, whether inadvertently or otherwise, we may not have the experience or the knowledge yet to know whether to speak harshly in return, to ignore it, or have the words to rebuke yet in a manner that does not seem anti-social. And that lack of awareness causes us, when we rethink the events over and over again, a disconnect between what we feel and how we think we should act and it causes stress.

There are some that claim that if we shut ourselves off from society we would be rid of stress and that would allow us to function better. If you think about it, that could only end up being a cause of stress, because we would still need to remain in a social world – unless you had vast plots of land to grow your own food and could survive isolated. But even if you were comfortable with being on your own, you might find yourself going nuts with the silence around you, and it would not be good for your mental health.

What can you do when you are stressed? Investing in a skill is a good idea. You can take up candle-making, knitting, or join a choir. It may be said that the mental loops we run in our minds thinking over situations can be cleared and calmed by doing something physical, to bleed off the stress because any nervous energy is worked out of the system. You may even find it worthwhile to learn the piano or another musical instrument. According to a piano teacher in Crouch End adults learn faster and it is not necessarily the case that if you missed the boat as a child, you will progress at a slower rate. In fact, your experience and maturity will help you grasp concepts quicker, and the confidence and joy it gives you may give you an outlet for your stress.

If you suffer from stress, you don’t necessarily have to sit in silence and wait to burn it off. You can take action to deal with it. Learning a new skill can distract from the worrying situation at hand and give you an outlet for your frustration.