How to Cope With Stress – Guidelines For Yourself
Stress Awareness Month – April 2019
We all experience stress at different stages of our lives as humans. Stress can be beneficial. It can aid people in building up the abilities required of them to handle life’s circumstances; generating the self-motivation and energy that helps people go through tough situations that are likely to be a menace in their lives.
Stress is not beneficial when it holds a person back from taking care of themselves or their family. Nevertheless, an excessive amount of stress can have devastating effects on health, affecting the various body systems such as the immune, cardiovascular and central nervous systems , and it could also have an intense emotional toll. The indications of stress may be physical or sentimental .
Effective stress management aids you in loosing the grip of stress on you, hence you can be healthier, more cheerful and more productive. The ultimate aim is a balanced life, where you are able to create time for all aspects of your life such as work, relationships, leisure, and pleasure — and the resilience to withstand pressure and undertake difficult tasks with calm presence of mind. However, stress management is dynamic – there is no specific way to it. That’s why it’s essential to try out different methods in order to discover what works for you.
Here are some healthy ways you can deal with stress:
- Take care of yourself.
Eat nutritious, well-balanced meals. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and drinks containing them. Also avoid or reduce your intake of refined sugars.
- Get regular exercise and relaxation
Get enough sleep. A minimum of 8 hours of sleep is recommended by health experts.Get enough sleep helps strengthen your mind, as well as your body, along with exercise. Feeling fatigued will increase your stress levels and possibly influence your ability to think rationally – in a negative manner.
- Take a break if you sense that you are being stressed out. Identifying the sources of stress helps you avoid them.
- Maintain a Stress journal.
Maintaining a stress journal for a few weeks is a stress management technique that has been proven to yield good results. It can assist you in becoming more sensitive and informed of the circumstances that cause and increase stress.
- Talk to others and connect with them. Discuss your difficulties and how you are feeling with a trusted parent, friend, counselor or doctor.
- Steer clear from the use of drugs and alcohol. These may seem to contribute positively to your stress management, but eventually they cause more problems and increase your stress levels.
- Manage your time well. Avoid overworking yourself. Avoid stacking too many consecutive activities or attempting to fix too much into one day. We often have a tendency to underestimate how long things will take.
- Arrange your tasks in order of importance. Create a list of tasks you have to do, and do the more important tasks first.
- Delegate responsibilities effectively. You don’t necessarily have to do everything by yourself. If other people are present who can do the tasks, you can commit the tasks to them, even if you may have to pay to get some of these things done.
- When stress persists despite all attempts, seek professional help. Talk to a psychologist, social worker or counsellor. Or consider complimentary therapy such as Reiki, EFT – Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Meditation.