Numerous factors, big or small, in the world may cause a person to feel stressed out. It is not a new term to come across. We as human beings often come across a stressful situation, such as a relationship issue, or death of a dear one. And it is completely normal, until and unless it allows you to carry out all your daily tasks as you normally would.
What is Stress?
Stress is nothing but how we react to different situations. While some people may remain calm, some others may get panicked and stressed due to a normal traffic, or maybe due to work pressure at job. Stress, if severe, can be problematic. You tend to adversely affect your physical health or feel dog-tired. Or you may fail to concentrate on simple things.
Nevertheless, your body has a “fight-or-flight” response to such stressful situations. During this process, your body releases some hormones post receiving signals from your brain to boost your potential for responding to a possible threat. But, due to stress having become a common issue, this “fight-or-flight” response process goes recurring. This is where stress management is required, since it provides you with a sea of tools to fight your stress.
Make stress management your goal that you constantly want to achieve. And do not forget to analyze your stress level from time to time. Thereafter, move on to determine what causes you to stress out.
Tips to Manage Stress
1. Notice how you feel – No two people will experience stress in exactly the same manner. Notice how you behave or think when you stress and when you do not.
2. Understand the source – Pay attention to what is the triggering factor of your stress. This factor can be anything, including your relationship with your partner or spouse, your kids, your job, your financial issue, or anything else that matters to you in some way or the other.
3. Understand your way to deal with stress – Try and identify if you go unhealthy when you go stressed out. Maybe you start eating more than enough when you feel uneasy and strained. Analyze if it is your regular or pertain to a specific situation only.
4. Ask for help – Choose from keeping your stress to yourself and continuing to stress or sharing it with friends and family and feeling a bit relaxed. But trust me, the latter will help you cope better with a stressful situation as compared to the former, in which case you would need to consult a professional psychologist.
5. Keep physically active – Forget not making any physical movements at all. Physical exercise of any kind is a great stress reliever. Since, the feel-good endorphins get a boost and bring an enhancement in your overall well-being.
6. Laugh more – Laughter is the best medicine. Definitely, each of your illnesses is not treatable alone by your laughter. But, it certainly helps you feel better. You feel lighter mentally. So, find humor in everything you see or experience.
7. Sleep enough – Take a proper sleep every night i.e. around 7-8 hours. When you sleep well, you feel well, and you react well.
8. Remind yourself – “I am special” – Don’t forget to eat well and drink lots of water every day. Go for a walk, listen to music, and dance to your favourite number. Be happy. Take a break from work. Enjoy yourself. Half of your problems will disappear.
To conclude, stress may be related to a positive or a negative situation. Make sure you gauge your stress level keeping in mind both the aspects. Not suddenly, but gradually, you will learn to manage your stress in the safest and most effective manner.
Here are the best tips accumulated by Sakshi to help you manage your stress.
By Sakshi J. Arora.