Written by Shabana Mughal
WEB DESK: The phenomenon of mental stress is as old as mankind. Stress is not a disease. It’s actually the reflection of what goes on in your head. Our brains are quite complicated and functions in ways that we can’t even imagine. Stress arises when we have to deal with more than what we are used to, it’s your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat.
Stress is so often the result of feeling “stuck” in a particular time frame, it arises when situations and events misaligned with our thoughts and attitude towards reacting and responding to an emotional or economical setback. It’s true that sources of stress cannot be ignored and changed. We need to maintain a well balanced perspective towards stress to be able to deal with whatever life throws at us like death of a loved one, family problems or economical pressures etc.
Every one of us somewhere in our lives must have felt stress but sensitivity of it may vary from situation to situation. Stress can block our body’s ability to protect, repair and regenerate itself it can also limit and stifle our creative abilities. More than 90% of diseases exits due to stress and anxiety such as diabetes, heart diseases, sleep disorders, depression and much more.
But it’s true that no matter how helpless you may feel in handling stress there are still many healthy lifestyle choices to adopt that may control your thoughts and emotions and you can regain control over stress creating factors that you need to work on, but first you need to believe that it’s something within your control and it’s all about your reaction to internal stimuli.
Here are some very helpful stress management steps that can bolster your stress handling abilities and you can get positive results in relieving the stress pressure.
1.Reduce Stress by Exercise: Exercise is beneficial for both mental and physical health it can be a key to not only improves our body’s overall fitness, but also helps to overcome anxiety and emotional stress in a better way. It is observed that practically almost every form of exercise such as aerobics, yoga or meditation can help in eliminating stress factors and improve self esteem. Engaging in exercise on regular basis can bring down stress levels and stabilizes your mood and sense of well being.
2.Eating Healthy: A well nourished diet is one of the few dependable ways of defense in times of fatigue and depression. Staying fit and healthy also supports your ability to respond quickly against stress as it arises. It’s a fact that diet plays a vital role in improving our overall health. If you eliminate amount of caffeine, soft drinks and sweets from your diet and consume more fresh fruits and vegetables, you will feel more relaxed, focused and energetic.
3.Adopting positive approach: The benefit of positive attitude can do wonders for you it can boost your creative and productive abilities. Positivity is a great tool that can train your mind in a more skillful way. People with a positive approach are less likely to experience higher stress levels and are better able to cope with stress causing events then people having negative attitude towards challenges and setbacks. In addition to it make sure that you are surrounded by positive and supportive people, who can give you helpful advice, support and feedback.
4.Laughter is a strong medicine: Allow yourself to smile or laugh even in stressful situations. Try to seek happiness in little things and be grateful to the creator, you will feel less stressed. Unbelievably a good laugh works much faster than any other technique in lowering stress levels.
5.Be vocal about stress: One of the trusted remedies for stress can simply to talk. The person who you talk to can be anyone you feel comfortable with or deem appropriate. You might want to speak to your parents, spouse, best friend or any other family member. Perhaps you would prefer to talk to a psychiatrist or a mental health specialist. Expressing and sharing your negative experiences and thoughts is the best possible way in identifying the cause behind your anxiety which is affecting your resilience to stress.
6.Write it out: Take a moment to write down things that makes you happy against any stress causing event. This helps you to focus on the fact that you are keeping track of your happiness along with sadness, in order to manage your happy hours longer than your stress moments. It’s a sure fire technique in coping stress which makes you feel more peaceful from within.
7.Relaxation: Relaxation can also help you to reduce stress related symptoms. It can make you positively responsive against stressful situation. If you take out time to get relaxed and try to push yourself to participate in learning and practicing relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga it will definitely decrease your over all stress levels. In case if the cause of stress wouldn’t disappear, you will surely feel more able to deal with it in a better way.
8. Learn to say NO: There are times when you want to refuse about something but couldn’t get the courage to say it in view of hurting others feelings. You need to understand the fact that there’s no harm in setting up your priorities, and saying “No” occasionally or whenever it is required. It can teach you to be more assertive and certain for your own self and will help you to meet your own needs and best interests.
Remember we do have a control over every emotion that we come across and stress is just one of them and it’s all about the choices we make in our lives which makes all the difference. It sometimes takes and demands a little effort to adopt some of these techniques into your life. But once you do so, you will surprisingly receive positive results and healthy changes in your lifestyle.