“It isn’t stress that makes us fall – it’s how we respond to stressful events.” – Wayde Goodall
Stress is a mental, emotional or physical strain caused by anxiety or overwork. It’s a state of mental or emotional strain or tension that results from adverse or demanding circumstances. The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. And so the things that put high demands on you can be stressful. Stress may cause such symptoms as raised blood pressure or depression. It is not uncommon if you feel you are under an abnormal pressure, as nearly everyone of us experiences stress at times. However, there is no escaping from stress, because stress is a part of our everyday life. Hence, what you need is to implement effective strategies to manage stress. Here are some strategies that you might find helpful to cope with stress.
1-As you know that healthy habits make sense, as such, being fit more in to your diet is an important factor. Transforming your eating habits with those that are suggested based on health grounds and those that are helpful in reducing your stress is a great way to cope with your stress effectively. Those who take healthy and well-balanced diet are likely to be far less stressed than those who do not do so. Remember that if you eat well, you will feel well. So, eat well-balanced meals, so that you may ease your stress and depression. Some of the foods that fight stress and anxiety and depression are: Ginger, Garlic, spinach, Oats, pure dark chocolate, avocados, broccoli, nuts, orange, apple and berries etc. It is advisable to see the doctor to get the nutritional advice if you have persistent anxiety symptoms.
2- Excess of anything is not good. Excessive use of alcohol and caffeine can lead to increased risk of health problems. It can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Studies reveal that excessive alcohol consumption can increase the blood pressure and harm the brain in addition to causing anxiety and depression. So, limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption is especially important for reducing the stress and anxiety.
3-Being an important part of your health, sleep plays a vital role in maintaining good health and well-being throughout your life. If you want to achieve an optimal level of health, you need to keep a regular healthy sleep schedule. It not only helps in recovering illness more quickly, but it also aids greatly in reducing your stress to a greater extent. One of the best ways to get good night’s sleep is to do regular exercise. Remember that being sleep deprived is a factor that contributes to stress, while the right amount of sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress.
4-Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do to keep you healthy and fit and so to lower your stress level considerably. If you don’t have any chronic health condition, you can choose any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga. However, it is better to find the relaxation exercise that can work for you.
5-Taking timeout of your busy schedule each day is a great way to relieve stress. There is great benefit in taking time out and relaxing, as it helps you recover from the stress of your everyday life. Taking timeout means stopping an activity temporarily or spending time away from working or studying. In this way, you can learn how to relax your mind and body and better breathing techniques.
6- One of the best ways to relieve your stress and relax is to practice relaxation techniques, such as, deep breathing. If you want to feel calmer, relaxed and peaceful, deep breathing techniques are a great way. The good thing about deep breathing exercises is that they can be done anywhere and anytime. Deep breathing exercises can help you feel connected to your body. So, the next time you feel angry, stressed or anxious, take a few deep breaths and feel the flow of air as you inhale. This way will definitely help you beat your stress before it beats you.
““Next time you’re stressed, take a step back, inhale and laugh. Remember who you are and why you’re here. You’re never given anything in this world that you can’t handle. Be strong, be flexible, love yourself, and love others. Always remember, just keep moving forward.”
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (MSc-Software Engineering)
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India