Our day-to-day activities can make us feel deranged after a certain point. No matter how big or small those activities might be, we all get accustomed to the feeling of being overwhelmed under pressure. This heavy feeling of anxiety, restlessness, unable to remain composed is what we generally call “stress”. It is completely natural to undergo this shift of composure through situations that affect you more than you would have anticipated beforehand and befall a victim to stress.
We all are accustomed to stress. It is something that affects people irrespective of age, profession, culture, etc. It is completely normal to get stressed over one thing or the other from time to time; however, if a person is unable to untangle or manage that mental state very often and for long periods of time, then it becomes a matter of concern. Often, the incapability to manage stress can drive a person to catastrophic consequences.
Before we talk about stress management, it is important to understand what exactly stress is? In more practical definitions, stress refers to our body’s reaction to challenges and demands, which demands adaptation or response. The stress responses can be – elevated heart rate, palpitations, high blood pressure, being stuck on a negative thought pattern, undergoing emotions such as fear or anger, etc. Sometimes, due to overthinking tendencies, we might get stressed, and that has almost nothing to do with our environment or daily life. It is very important to understand the whole concept of stress management and actively participate in it, so that we can create harmony and balance between all the sectors of our lives.
Firstly, we must understand that the physical, mental, or emotional impact of stress can often drive us towards a change of perception, point of view and alter our way of thinking. It is vital that we restrain ourselves from making any important or major life decisions while under the influence of stress. There are numerous healthy ways to battle and manage stress to continue normal activities in our life. Some of the ways through which we can successfully unwind and achieve stress management are:
Deep breathing exercises:
There are a number of breathing exercises that are designed to help the elevated heart rate and calm the mind. These deep breathing exercises can be very helpful to regulate the physical and mental responses to stress. Deep breathing enables our body to naturally relax by creating a state of deep rest which can ultimately change the way the body responds to stress. One of the widely used deep breathing exercises is- getting comfortable in a quiet place. Next, place one hand over the stomach and the other over the chest. While maintaining this position, practice taking deep breaths through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Repeating the entire process up to six times or more will help the body to relax naturally.
Doctors often suggest exercise to battle stress. This is because exercise improves sleep, and improved sleep results in better stress management capability. It is found in studies that people who exercise more are the people who get better deep “slow-wave” sleep. This activity helps the brain and body to refresh and get renewed. So, to battle stress, the impact of exercise is undeniable. Exercise methods such as – cycling, swimming, running, aerobics, etc., can majorly help the body achieve successful stress management. And remember, when in stress, just dance it away!
The benefits of a proper diet go all the way from your waistline to your mental health. A healthy and balanced diet highly improves emotional and mental state. It builds up the immune system, balances the mood, and lowers blood pressure. On the other hand, junk food and lots of added sugar have the exact opposite effect and are seriously detrimental to your physical and mental wellbeing. Balanced carbohydrates, lean proteins, fatty acids found in fish, meat, and eggs should be present in daily meals. They are able to protect the cells in our body from the damage that chronic stress can cause. Moreover, the presence of antioxidants and necessary vitamins can elevate the mood; as a result, stress will affect you less than it would otherwise have done.
Sharing is caring:
This statement is not only applicable when it comes to chocolates but also to the emotional or mental crisis that we are going through. When a person is under the influence of severe stress, sharing about their sufferings or the things that are bothering them with family members, friends, or any trusted individual will highly relieve them from that state of feeling overwhelmed. Talking it out, sharing problems, regaining perspective can often solve the issue by half. It is a way by which the mood can be improved, and the sadness can be lessened. There are also several types of counseling, talk therapy available that can help people deal with stress in the long term.
These are a few ways that can help in managing stress. However, if the symptoms or responses from stress are severe, it is highly suggested that the individual takes professional help in battling stress. In the end, stress is something that affects all of us, but not necessarily in the same way. Therefore, it is immensely important that, while we actively participate in stress management activities, we also share compassion and sympathy to those who are suffering from stress and not invalidate or belittle their trauma. A small act of kindness can go a long way to lift up a person!
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