WHAT IS STRESS?
Stress is a natural response to a challenge. It is nothing but the body reacting to a threat or a type of demand. It is generally a short term experience. It is something which usually everyone faces and is pretty common. It can be both beneficial or harmful.
For easier understanding, stress is something that will kick in when you have to reach a deadline or an upcoming exam. In this case, it would be beneficial as it will motivate you and make you more productive. It could also develop in a physical danger which is also beneficial as it will increase your blood supply, give you more energy to act accordingly.
When stress causes you insomnia, or impaired ability to do something, or make you feel burned out without any reason, it could be harmful.
SYMPTOMS OF STRESS:
· Sleep disturbance
· Frequent headaches
· Sweaty palms and feet
· Lack of energy
· Anger and frustration
These are common symptoms of stress and can be easily dealt with in some ways mentioned later. 7 best ways to deal with stress.
We often confuse the term ‘anxiety’ with stress. But, they are not the same.
HOW IS STRESS DIFFERENT FROM ANXIETY?
There is a fine line of difference between stress and anxiety.
Like we now know that stress is a response to an external cause, such as a tight deadline of work. However, anxiety is a person’s specific reaction to stress. It is a much longer-term effect as compared to stress. It can even lead to panic attacks, phobias, OCD, and PTSD.
It is a much worse condition than stress. You may even try the below ways for anxiety though these work perfectly for stress.
SO HERE I BRING YOU
7 BEST WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS:
1. BREATHE IN. BREATHE OUT
Taking deep breaths can help you calm down and relax from taking stress. It soothes your blood pressure and helps you feel better. You have to believe in yourself and let that negative energy out of your system. Breathing in energizes your body and breathing out relaxes your body. Whatever is causing you stress will eventually go, so just calm down and relax.
Also, trying deeper meditations apart from just breathing can help in the same. It would be more beneficial than just breathing. You can try some breathing exercises to bring variation to it. You need to learn to relax. When you stress out, your heart rate increases. To help you resolve stress issues you will have to identify its cause and calm yourself.
Exercising is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Doing it first thing in the morning just to get your blood flowing is a great idea. It helps your brain to release a chemical called ‘endorphins’ which serves as a natural painkiller. You can exercise every day or even 3–4 times a week. Check what suits you the best. But do start with some basic exercises which you can do only 15 minutes a day, to begin with.
It reduces your stress hormones like cortisol’s making you feel calm and controlled in life. You may do yoga, including some intensive asanas and pranayam’s or do cardio workouts like running, cycling, swimming, etc which might help you. You can even do something as simple as walking in a garden which will also help you improve your mood.
3. PRIORITIZE. SCHEDULE. WORK
If you are stressed out due to a deadline or pending work, let that be from your school or college or any other institute. Then prioritizing your work is important and can be very helpful. Make a list for your work and focus on your planning. Get your work scheduled properly and start working for the same with full dedication.
Studies suggest that deciding to do something for five minutes makes you more likely to continue doing it, SO DONT PROCRASTINATE. Here is an article on the best ways to stop procrastinating
Just remember your goal and keep working towards it. Take breaks and stay calm.
4. TALK TO SOMEONE
Taking to a person you like, it could be your friend, a relative, cousin, anyone you feel like talking to and releasing your stress to them will help you relax. It calms you and can be helpful. You could also solve this while talking to them.
These days you even get help online where there are people who listen to you. This could help you if you don’t feel like sharing your stress with someone known. Another way could be writing emails to yourself and let that pain out of you.
Just stay connected with your friends and family. And let your thoughts out.
5. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
I cannot stress this more. Not getting enough sleep will only worsen your situation. Chronic stress could even lead to anxiety, causing insomnia and other diseases that you don’t want. So, eat healthily and get good sleep.
A minimum of 6 to 6.5 hrs of sleep is required for a healthy body. A good 7 to 7.5 hrs of sleep will be the best. But if you are a student or your work doesn’t give you that much. Then at least aim for 6.5 hrs of sleep.
These will keep you fresh and happy. It also gives a good positive attitude to begin your day with full zeal. Getting less sleep or excessive sleep will hamper your mind and body and also make you cranky.
6. LISTEN TO GOOD MUSIC
Listening to some light music can also help you in this situation. Music relaxes your mind and body. It also calms you. Studies prove that listening to soothing music can be as calming as therapy. A lot of people do this and have gotten great results.
You should try this and observe your stress reduction. Reading a good book can also be helpful if you are not into music. This works amazingly well for me to reduce my stress.
7. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
If all of the above ways fail and are not helping you to reduce your stress, seek professional help. Minimizing stress can be a difficult task and if not done at the right time could lead to some long-term chronic effects.
Always remember that there is nothing wrong with getting professional help. Your body and mind will be grateful to you.
SO THESE WERE THE 7 BEST WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS. I HOPE THIS ARTICLE HELPED YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STRESS AND WAYS TO COPE WITH IT. I KNOW THAT YOUR STRESS WILL GO AND YOU WILL BE BACK TENSION FREE AND HAPPY AGAIN !!
DO LET ME KNOW WHICH OF THE WAYS HAVE YOU TRIED BEFORE AND WHICH ONES ARE YOU GOING TO TRY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW
Originally published at What is Stress? 7 best ways to deal with Stress.
LOTS OF LOVE,