Stress is a feeling we experience whether short term or long term, in our career, education, and everyday life. Sometimes, certain situations overwhelm us and we begin to feel “out of control”. We may feel tensed, agitated, moody, depressed, anxious, excited or even angry.
To respond to that stress, our brain releases stress hormones to either help us fight the stress or flee from it. Example, when you experience shock or have to meet up a short deadline.
At school, examination periods, registrations, or even daily school routine ( lectures, assignments, term papers, etc) can take a toll on you and make you feel stressed out.
At work, working on a short deadline such as impromptu work or project presentations can also lead to stress.
Managing home front /career, everyday activities can be stressful. It is something everyone experiences one way or the other. Gladly, we can reduce stress and manage it effectively for a healthier lifestyle.
• Find out the root cause of the stress
• Eliminate or reduce it
• Learn healthy ways to relieve the stress
Stress, if not properly managed can weaken the immune system if it lasts too long. It can worsen one’s health problems if there’s any existing one, and can also make one have trouble sleeping.
Today, I’m going to share 7 useful ways to help relief stress. Let’s dig in;
• Relax/ Meditate: Take a deep breathe, shut your eyes, r-e-l-a-x. Stand up from your seat/ computer and take a brief walk. This will help calm your muscles and relief your anxiety.
• Get your mind distracted one bit: If you focus all your energy on that stressful situation, it’s going to get worse. Do something else for a moment, something you love to do. Write, sing, dance, get naughty. Just re-focus your mind and energy on something else for a second, something exciting.
• Let your feelings out: Talk it out, cry it out, laugh it out, pour out your emotions. When you unbuckle up, you allow yourself find some relief.
• Use positive affirmations: example, I can, I will to fight negative thinking so you feel more positive about the situation. It also helps strengthen you. Read RESILIENCE…
• Take advantage of some support/ care groups: Including your friends and family, colleagues, school mates, or perhaps counsellors or doctors. Network, get informed, participate in fun activities, get professional care.
• You need adequate sleep!: Lack of this on its own will lead to stress and fatigue. It is adviced for an adult to get about 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep daily to perform optimally.
• Effective time–management: create to-do list, schedule your activities, try not to overcrowd yourself with activities you cannot properly manage effectively.
For me, I like to also take a glass of water and smile for no reason.😊 What are ways you have tried to relief stress? Hope you found these tips useful?
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