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STRESS MANAGEMENT- CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL

Stress, A word arousing different visuals to different people, though holding a similar unpleasant feeling
in their heart. In the 21st century, it won’t be untrue to regard stress as a modern ‘common cold’. To quote
world health organization ‘Stress has become a worldwide epidemic’ but the bigger question is what shall
we do about it? How can we beat stress?

1. EXERCISE

Yes, you read it right. Get off the lazy couch and exercise. It boosts the level of endorphins and thereby
alleviating your mood. So, stretch, walk, ride a cycle or swim but don’t let the muscles of your body stay
stiff and hold stress in you.

Even Studies show that exercise is very effective in reducing fatigue, improving alertness and
concentration, and in enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has
depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.

2. VENT IT OUT

If you are a person repressing his/her feelings, you need to talk it out. The expression and repression of
emotion have to be balanced. If any edge goes extreme, there is nothing but chaos. So, instead of keeping
those stress triggering thoughts to yourself, find a colleague or friend you can trust and let it out.

3.A DIET PLAN

Your body needs a balanced diet to enrich in various vitamins and minerals. It’s best to have a diet plan.
Certain foods provide comfort and actually increase levels of hormones in the body that naturally fight
stress for example food enriched in vitamin C. Other types of foods and beverages can reduce stress by
lowering the levels of hormones that trigger it, for example, junk food.

4.SLEEP TIGHT

No, you don’t have to watch a whole season of game of thrones while sacrificing your sleep. Close down
your screen and have a sleep of at least 7 hours each day. This also helps in improving productivity and
efficiency of next day performance.
Studies have found that those who have at least 6- 7 hours of sleep have better cognitive functions than
those who don’t.

5.MEDITATION

The purpose of meditation is to gradually elevate the mind to its highest possibility of peace and love. The
things we stress about are always wavering in past or future moments and sometimes the solution to many
complicated problems can be staying in present.

 

6.LAUGHTER

Laughter releases endorphins, ease tension as well as stimulate organs. It has both short-term as well as
long-term benefits. So at the time of stress, go search for funny videos on YouTube or ask somebody to
tickle you. As they say, laughter is the medicine.

7.COMPASSION

Have compassion for yourself as well as people around you. Each person is fighting an unnoticed battle
including yourself. Forgive often and don’t beat yourself up. Part of self-compassion could involve
making time for yourself to engage in activities that reduce chronic stress like – yoga, dance, music,
reading, drawing, painting, gardening, walking, consistent moderate exercise, hiking, hanging out with
friends, etc.

8. AVOID CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a chemical found in tea, coffee, cola, chocolate etc., which acts as a stimulant and improves
our concentration levels. In the short-term caffeine gives us an energy boost and increases our levels of
alertness but in the long-term causes fatigue. Caffeine reduces our ability to deal with stress. So avoid
your caffeine and substitute it with a nice cup of herbal tea.

 

9. STAY POSITIVE

Fear is expecting worst to happen. We tend to have a natural tendency toward optimism or pessimism, but
that’s just part of our potential, We can work on developing more of a tendency toward optimism if we
choose and given that optimists see many benefits in life, this is something to work toward. So, To get rid
of your stress driven life, feed your mind with positive thoughts. Start your day with a gratitude journal
and don’t forget to visualize yourself fighting the dragon of stress.

 

10. TIME MANAGEMENT
the importance you give time management in your life dictates the quality of your life. By creating a clear
plan for your work and a timeline with important milestones, you’ll minimize the effects of stress that
come with working on your projects. When you manage your time properly, you won't stress over getting
enough sleep or taking a day or two off a project to unwind. You can complete your work, enjoy your
personal life, and still get a full night’s rest every night.

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