Wednesday, September 26, 2018

How to Deal with Stress?

Stress has become a common scenario in today’s fast paced world. Work deadlines, traffic jams, financial constraints, relationship problems, emotional upheaval, health, love life, family issues, exams, results, arguments, and much more can lead to stress in people. Stress is a natural phenomenon that the body undergoes as a part of the negative pressure it undergoes.

Stress can lead to anxiety, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other related conditions. For some, stress is a great way to perform better and win over their problems. It is manageable if you know how to deal with stress. Let us see some great tips that will help you deal with stress in a positive way.

What is Stress?

Stress is the body’s way to respond to the internal and external pressures placed on it. The internal pressures include hunger, health, sleep deprivation, emotional turmoil, etc. The external pressures include work pressures, relationship problems, family issues, financial issues, school or college pressures, and now-a-days, social media pressures.

Stress is a survival mechanism of the body wherein it releases chemicals that tell it is in danger and needs to respond. You will observe increase in heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, anddry mouth. These do not have long-term effects on the body, but helps a person deal with the stressors. However, long-term stress can lead to release of cortisol and adrenaline hormones that makes a body vulnerable to obesity, depression, heart diseases, etc.

How to Overcome Stress?

The best way to overcome stress is taking control of the situation, having a strong family and friend support as well as keeping a positive attitude.

1.Say ‘No’ When Required

One of the major reasons of stress in people is that they do not know when to say ‘No’. People will keep pushing responsibility towards you in order to get rid of their stress. This may include pushing more work towards you at work, giving you additional responsibilities at home or expecting more than you can handle. This will place additional burden over you not just physically, but also mentally, and emotionally. Many fear they may not be liked or may appear to be rude. However, these are just barriers created within your mind. Think of some polite way to refuse additional responsibilities and saying ‘No’ when you cannot handle it all.

2.Time Management

Many times, we forget our genuine priorities and turn over to procrastination. Thus, we run out of time as the deadline nears and cause unnecessary stress and panic in the race to complete a task. Thus, make sure you complete work before you think of taking a break. Effective time management will make sure your tasks are spread out within a manageable time frame and get completed on time. Delegations of work helps save precious time and give you a buffer time to double check all as well as give you ample of time to relax and overcome stress.

3.Sleep Well

Lack of sleep causes whirlwind of thoughts going through the mind and does not give a chance to the body to unwind itself and be better prepared for the next day. You need to relax, avoid caffeine, smoking, and drinking alcohol that will lead to a disturbed sleep pattern. Avoid doing any mentally challenging work before you sleep. Take a warm bath or read a calming book or listen to soothing music before you sleep. Forget all worries and keep away all screens from your eyes that include the television, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc. You need at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily to relax your mind and body.

4.Take Part in Physical Activities

Being a couch potato or doing hours of desk job will do no good to your physical as well as mental well-begin. Take part in physical activities that help release hormones in that metabolize excessive stress hormones. This relaxes the body and mind from its stressful state. Take a brisk walk in fresh air or take part in games such as football, basketball, etc. Even playing with your kids or pets will help you become physically active. Join a gym and exercise regularly to remain physically active. Ditch using the elevators and climb the stairs to keep your body physically active.

5.Avoid Caffeine and Nicotine

Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, drugs all increase the level of stress in your body. They are often thought to decrease stress levels, instead they are stimulants that increase the level of stress within your body. Alcohol turns out to be depressant when taken in large quantities; caffeinated drinks are stimulants that make your mind more alert than relax. Instead drink fresh natural juices, water, herbal teas, etc. as they not just hydrate the body, but also helps flush out toxins and radicals that increase stress within your body.

6.Keep a Strong Emotional Network

A strong emotional network means having close friends and family. Talking to your friends and family, spending some quality fun time helps one cope better with stress. Friends and family instill a feeling of positivity in your mind and makes you find ways to fight your stress. Speaking to a close friend about your problems may help you find a way to deal with the stress and become a stronger, better person.

Keep a balance of work and relaxation. Do not burn the midnight oil 24/7. Timeouts are absolutely necessary to keep your mind and body healthy. Acknowledge the choices, good or bad, you make and accept responsibility for it. There is no point in running away from responsibility as it will lead to more stress in the long run. Try meditation and yoga to free your mind of all the boundaries you set for yourself. At times, you need to stay away from the crowd and hear your own thoughts. This will give you a chance to self-retrospect and find ways to deal with stress.

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