The other day I discussed the problems we go through during our lives. Some of our issues are real, some of them are not, but they all have one thing in common, and that is that they produce one additional element in our lives. It is one of the most massive growing epidemics in today's Society. This is Stress.

What are the main causes?

Everyone, including myself, endures a certain amount of pressure throughout our lives. The most significant causes of pressure in today's society are overworking and uncertainty, or lack of control in our lives. Sometimes we find ourselves burdened with unplanned and uncontrolled events that occur in our lives, it could be about work or personal relationships.

Relationships with friends or significant others are one of our most significant sources of stress because people in our lives cannot be controlled, only influenced.

You may or may not have heard of the frog and the Boiling Water story. A frog was placed in boiling water; it immediately jumped out. Then, the frog was placed in a pan with cool water, which was slowly heated to a boiling temperature. The frog slowly adjusted its body temperature to match the waters, but once it became too hot, it tried to jump out, but did not have the energy to, and died. There's a plot twist though, in real life, a frog will jump out.

How can stress be dealt with?

But the moral of the story is that we humans can be quite contrary to the frog in the original story.

We can overwork ourselves and overstress ourselves without jumping and will overheat to the point in which we cannot save ourselves alone. Stress is one of the few things in our lives that can be detrimental, but at the same time, quickly diffused. One of the simple ways to relieve stress is humor. Laughter changes the biochemistry of the brain and changes the perception of the world around us.

Another one is exercise. Drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of sleep are other great stress relievers. But the last thing that we must realize is that stress and fear can be dealt the same way.

Look back in your life, whether it was a couple of months or years, and come up with some previous times when you felt stressed.

Are you still stressing about those incidences, do they again bother you, do you even remember them? Probably not. I know you may be under some stress right now, I've gone through and am currently going through plenty of rough patches as well. But that is all they are: Patches. They will pass, they are not here to stay. One important rule is the 5x5 rule. It means that if it doesn't matter in five years, don't spend more thanfive5 minutes thinking about it. It was just a bad day, not a bad life. We must know when to remove ourselves from a dangerous situation. Always remember to jump.

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