The Oxford dictionary defines stress as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
While all this is true, practically stress includes a lot more than this. A person under stress is bound to break down, both mentally and physically, sooner or later. Long drawn stress not only leads to heart related problems but also several other physical illnesses including migraines, panic attacks, anxiety, tension, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, perspiration etc.
Given the competitive world we are a part of, it is extremely difficult to avoid stress. While some among us take refuge in busy lifestyles to face the daily onslaught of stress, there are several others who are stressed or tensed even with the slightest change in the schedule.
The first step towards beating the stress out of your system is to look for its telltale signs, some of which are:
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Thoughts/worries running in mind, 24×7
- Becoming impatient and irritable, even with the smallest of problem
- Lack of concentration
- Unable to take decisions
- Taking refuge in alcohol, drugs, smoking
- Not feeling hungry
- Unable to sit back and relax
- Feeling nauseated
- Getting cramps/knots in stomach
- Uncontrolled bowel movements
- Increased perspiration
- Increased heartbeat
- Dry mouth
- Regular headaches
Once you have identified the symptoms, it is very important to start working towards de-stressing yourself immediately.
So sit back and relax. With these simple tips you would be able to get a fresh lease of stress-free life without spending a single penny.
Whenever you are stuck in a situation and start losing focus, it is best to leave it for a moment. Sit back straight and close your eyes. Inhale deeply and exhale slowly through your mouth. This would calm your nerves and help you think clearly.
Mediation need not be practiced for hours together. Just a few minutes, if performed properly, are enough to keep you charged for the day. All you have to do is choose a calm spot, sit comfortably and recite a positive mantra.
No matter how busy the schedule is or how demanding your boss, try to take out some ‘Me time’ for yourself. Utilize these moments to clear your thoughts and focus on yourself alone. Even if you have to speak out aloud, do that with yourself.
It is very important to come out of the shell and mingle with people around you. However, instead of being glued to social medias, try to interact with people face-to-face, the old way. Never keep your worries to yourself, instead share them with those close to you. Remember the more you talk, the more solutions would come out.
Most of the stressful situations arise when things are not planned or organised in the required manner. For this, it is very important to stay organized, both personally and professionally. For any task, plan in advance to avoid last minute confusions.
A good physical health leads to a healthy mind. Workout regularly and let the bad toxins get out of the body so that it feels light and rejuvenated.
Laugh out loud
Ever seen a baby laughing with no inhibition. Studies have proved that a good laughter not just takes off the mental load, but also reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and pumps up endorphins, a brain chemical to fight stress. Switch on some comedy serials or movies. Have a chat with your closest pals and remember the funniest moments that have happened to you.
Even as the world celebrates Stress Awareness Day on Nov 5, 2014, it is very important to be aware of your stress levels with each passing day, lest it eats you up.
Whenever you feel stressed, just remind yourself what really matters. Take some time off from your busy schedule to understand that life is not about stressing, rather it is about enjoying each passing moment.
Count life’s blessings and stay happy always.