Hey everyone!! Is stress bothering you? Want to live a stress-free life? Want to know the ways to manage and reduce your stress? Absolutely! We all crave to live a healthy life that is stress-free. We all need to know how to reduce life stress or how to cope with it. How stress affects our body is the most important realization which leads to stress management.
Here we are going to discuss what is stress and what are the various strategies a person can use to manage or reduce stress.
What is stress?
Stress is your body’s reaction to the changes happens in your life. Since life includes changes like running from home to work every morning to adjusting to significant life changes like marriage, separation, or demise of a friend or family member), there is no staying away from stress.
Therefore, your main objective shouldn’t be eliminating all your stress but eliminating the unnecessary stress out of your life. The main goal should be the ways you cope and manage stress.
In addition to this, identifying the sources of stress (commonly known as stressors) in your life is important. It is not necessary that sources are always obvious, it is very easy to overlook your stress. For instance, maybe your work deadline is causing you to stress but the real stress is caused due to your procrastination. To know the sources of stress, one needs to look closely at their own behavior, habits, and attitude or excuses you make at work. Bad parenting also contributes to the stress of a child. This is your responsibility to maintain or cope with it. This is the only way you keep control of it.
Unhealthy ways of managing stress
However, some people chose unhealthy and temporary ways of coping with stress which causes more damages later on. There are some unhealthy ways, like smoking, drinking, overeating, undereating, taking stress reliever pills, locking themselves in a room, not talking to anyone, sleeping too much to avoid overthinking or taking out all your anger on others. These ways can make you relax for a while but not in the long run. This is not the actual peace of mind you are searching for. This makes you even more unhealthy. If you are engaged in these kinds of activities or habits to cope with stress, this is the right time to make a realization and start with some new and healthy habits.
Healthy ways of managing stress
What’s better than learning healthy ways to cope with your stress? Healthy methods should contribute to your mental health. It should affect your emotional well being. It can be managed in many different ways. The mixture of stress relievers helps to develop your resilience power i.e., bouncing back to the normal state and your coping skills.
Everyone has a unique way to handle stress. The single method doesn’t work for everyone, that is why a mixture of methods is required sometimes. Moreover, we need to change the situation or change the reaction to stress. Let us talk about ways of managing stress below.
Use stress relievers
There are some stress reliever techniques that help really quick. Try stress relievers like meditation, muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, practice yoga or take a walk. There are some more like hugging your loved one, enjoy aromatherapy that makes you feel more relaxed and energized. Keep your attitude positive, practice self positive talk in front of the mirror, express gratitude towards others.
Try to avoid the situation
Not all the situation which causes stress can be avoided. But you can eliminate a number of stressors by learning how to say NO to the added responsibilities which are causing unnecessary stress in your personal or professional life. Try avoiding people who cause stress such as toxic relationships. try to spend less time with that person or completely end the entire relationship. In addition to this, avoid hot topics that can lead to an argument and make you upset.
Try to change the situation
As every situation cannot be avoided, so try to change it. all you have to do is figure out what you can to do alter the stressful situation so the problem doesn’t exist in the future again. Firstly, try to express your feelings to others. If something is bothering you or giving you unnecessary stress, you must communicate your concerns in a respectful manner. Secondly, you can change your behavior according to the situation. If you expect others to change their behavior, try to do the same. Thirdly, try to be more assertive, take your own stand. Lastly, manage your time to cope with stress. Avoid last-minute stress, do not procrastinate your work. Manage your time well.
Try to adjust to the situation
Every stressor cannot be changed but you can change yourself or adjust according to the stressful situation to take control of it. Try to take a positive look at the situation. For instance, if you are stressing over the result coming out in an hour, try diverting your mind by listening to songs or anything you like. try to realize that the situation you are stressing over is worth it or you can do much better in the future. Know your standards. Must appreciate the good things around you.
If you cannot avoid/adjust/change/to the stressful situation, all you can do is ACCEPT it and move forward. try to forgive people who make mistakes. try not to hold grudges, and reargue on the same topics again and again. This is the added stress you are creating for yourself. try to share your feelings with the person you trust, they will help you to heal or make an appointment with the therapist and talk about the stressful situation
In conclusion to the ways of managing and reducing stress in our daily life, we must use and try to mix these strategies according to the stressful situation.
- Use stress relievers
- Avoid the situation
- Change the situation
- Adjust to the situation
- Accept the situation