Stress: Let’s deal with it

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Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Stress can result from changes in your lifestyle like your diet, exercise routine or a lack of sleep, your environment or even simply recurring negative thoughts. It can cause memory problems, inability to concentrate, depression, moody, anxiety, chest pain, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, indigestion, isolation from others, lack of sleep or sleeping too much, and increase absenteeism, low productivity and low efficiency at work.

With some patience and a few useful strategies, you can reduce your stress, whether its family stress or workplace stress. Recognizing stress is the first step in reducing it. Here are some stress-avoidance tips.

Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves.

Exercise:

All forms of exercise, including yoga, aerobics, and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression, and anxiety. You can go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down, or do some stretching exercises to reduce your stress and allow your mind to focus on your body.

Laughter:

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tricks your nervous system into making you happy. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Meditation:

Meditation is an ancient mind and body practice that promotes relaxation and well-being. It reduces stress and increases calmness and clarity and makes you feel happy. Meditation means turning one’s attention away from distracting thoughts and concentrating on the present moment. Research shows that meditating may have stress-relieving psychological and physical health benefits that include reduced blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Even just a few minutes of meditation a day can make a big difference.

Find pleasure for yourself:

An idle mind is a breeding ground for negative thoughts. When you are stressed out, do something that makes you feel good. Doing things you enjoy will help you ease your stress by diverting your mind. Try to find pleasure in simple things such as a short drive, talk with friends, listen to music, read your favorite book or write it down, play your favorite game or sports, do some art or watch a movie. Do something you enjoy every day. Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be stargazing, playing the piano, or riding your bike. The list is endless.

Share your thoughts & feelings:

Many people are too insecure to talk about their problems with their friends or relatives. When you share your thoughts and feelings to someone whom you trust, will relieve your stress. Share your stories with those close friends or family who can understand you, or have the same problems. This will make you feel much better. You’ll feel as if someone is there to listen to you and your problems. It’s possible that you might get a solution to your problem. Opening up is not a sign of weakness and it won’t make you a burden to others. In fact, most friends will be grateful that you trust them enough to confide in them, and it will only strengthen your bond. If you find no one like you then just use the internet to find an online support group.

No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. We can’t always control sources of stress in our lives, but we can always learn how to reduce it. Help yourself or a friend to deal with stress.

  • Monika Fülöp

    All so true! I use all of these myself and find excercising the most rewarding!

  • Nikita | The Path Provides

    These are all amazing tips on how to deal with stress, but I must say my favorite by far is laughter. There is nothing more amazing than laughing until your abs hurt, it’s the best medicine out there !

  • Chittaranjan Shetty

    So true, I take a time out from my activity and start listening to some calming music to clear my head.