“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– Winston Churchill
Hello peeps, so here we are today with our last topic STRESS MANAGEMENT , I know that all of us keep dealing with this crazy word “stress” a lot, almost every day. Stress is the biggest barrier that needs to be overcome in order to reach your goal. It is important to learn to identify and find answers to these questions:
“What is stressing you?”
“When are you under stress?” and
“How to cope up with it?”
Starting with “What is stress?”
Stress is your body’s way of responding to various stimuli such as fear, panic, anger, tragedy, pressure, comparison, over-thinking and over-work. Stress builds up as we tend to forget our strengths and focus more on our weaknesses and keep bottling up our feelings. It isn’t a condition that just comes out of the blue.
Understanding “What is stressing you out?” is important. Recognizing “When are you stressed?” and managing your stress can help you improve your mental and physical well-being. Stress can at times be overwhelming and isolating. One must keep in mind that you are not alone and everyone around you is dealing with it too, that you shouldn’t be ashamed and you can overcome it.
There are two forms of stress: short-term and long-term stress. Short-term stress are the ones like the goose bumps you get before an exam or any other important day while the long-term ones range from the stress due to any kind of emotional drain such as relationship problems or the “fight-or-flight” situations. The consequences of such stress generally show up as anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, sleep problems, weight gain, memory and concentration impairment and getting addicted to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.
Now that we have recognized our reason for stress let’s find out “How to cope with it?” Stress management is completely in our hands. For immediate stress relief the best way is: “STOP. BREATHE.”. Responding to the immediate physical effects of stress can help lessen the long-term and mental effects of stress. This can be done by taking small steps such as listening to light music, going out for a walk, doing short workouts, playing a sport, pursuing a hobby or even by having casual talks with people for a little while. You need to let out your emotions, just
“Laugh. Cry. Scream. “
It is highly recommended to stay away or at least limit from people who stress you out. Don’t try to control the uncontrollable and always learn from your mistakes. Start planning ahead and set up small achievable goals and reward yourself on completing them and never overextend yourself. Try to reframe your problems from a more positive perspective and look at the big picture instead of exaggerating the minute things. Above all, a healthy diet and a sound sleep make a lot of difference in how you face your problems.
Everyone’s stressors, reaction to stress and ways of dealing with stress are different. It may take a little experimentation, a little time and a little practice but you’ll find something that works for you. Keep trying. In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
After all it’s not stress that kills us; it’s our reaction to it.