Stress control tips to help you through a busy day.
The stress experienced by individuals is a combination of acute and chronic stressors that occur in the individual’s environment. Stress is normal; it occurs as a response to challenging events or pressure that may be physical, emotional, socioeconomic, environmental, religious/spiritual and family related.
However, unmanaged stress can become too much to handle and if this happens we can begin to suffer from various symptoms such as fatigue or sleeplessness which could lead to other conditions such as depression and anxiety.
There are many factors that influence our ability to manage our own personal stressors. We engage in “stress management” as a way of managing these difficulties as they arise. If you feel stressed out about something then the following ways might help:
Reduce stress with these simple steps:
1. Take a deep breath – Inhale, count to three and exhale slowly. Do this three times in the morning and at night as well as when feeling stressed throughout the day. This will reduce blood pressure and relax tense muscles.
2. Use Music – listening to your favorite tunes can raise energy levels and stimulate positive emotions, which can make everyone feel better.
3. Treat yourself – Take time out for yourself every day (even if it’s only 15 minutes) and do something that you enjoy such as reading a book or seeing friends. This take-time-out for yourself should keep you from feeling as overwhelmed and help ease stress.
4. Keep a daily diary – Writing down problems or stressful events can make them seem less overwhelming and easier to deal with. Writing down how you feel afterwards helps release the anger, fear or other negative feelings that might be keeping you awake at night. Also, by getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper, there’s less chance you’ll obsess over everything that might go wrong.
5. Stay focused – Avoid letting Distractions get in the way of what you want to accomplish today; this means not wasting too much time on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook (make sure to limit ‘time wasters’ such as playing bubble games).
6. Eat a healthy diet – Include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish. Drinking water is another way to reduce stress; make sure you drink eight glasses of pure, filtered water each day (two liters).
7. Get plenty of rest – If you’re getting less than six hours sleep it can affect your mood as well as physical and mental performance. It may be difficult to fall asleep during times of stress but try listening to relaxing music, reading or taking a warm bath before bedtime. If that doesn’t help, see your doctor as you could suffer from insomnia.
8. Exercise – the release of endorphins will improve your mood within 10 minutes of exercise so go for a short walk, jog or play around with the kids.
9. Express yourself – painting, writing or dancing your feelings out can help you release stress and tension; it doesn’t matter what form this takes as long as it’s something that makes you feel good.
Note: If these tips don’t work try seeing your doctor who will be able to recommend some alternative treatments (e.g., herbal remedies, acupuncture). If stress is interfering with your life then he/she may also refer you for counseling to discuss possible causes of the problem and methods of dealing with it. Stress control is vital to everyone’s well-being but too much stress over a prolonged period of time has been linked with depression, heart attacks, strokes and other serious health conditions so take steps to reduce it today.