Stress is a common factor in our lives. Every tiny decisions in our life triggers stress. Usually, our body can manage our day-to-day stress. However, unmanaged, prolonged stress can lead to more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, migraines and unnecessary body aches.
Here are some tips to manage stress:-
- Take a time-out. Exercise or practise yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn some relaxation techniques. It also helps to step back from the problem instead of tackling it going head-on. Things sometimes do get better tomorrow.
- Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip meals. If necessary, keep handy any health, energy-boosting snacks. Empty tummy and stress is a perfect combo for gastric attacks.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
- Avoid adding or piling stress. If you are already edgy and irritable, avoid being in more stressful situation, such as getting caught in a traffic jam or conversations.
- Get enough sleep. Always try getting good 8 hours sleep and rest. Do sleep at the same time every night.
- Take deep breaths. Inhale and while exhaling slowly, count to 10 slowly. Repeat if necessary.
- Do your best. Adopt the “expect the worst, but pray for the best” motto.
- Welcome humour. Get tickets to the next comedy show in town. Surround yourself with positive people. It is said that laughter is the best medicine.
- Set aside alone time. Don’t allow other obligations to encroach. This is your time to take a break from all responsibilities and recharge your batteries.
- Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Keep a journal and note your feelings, and look for a pattern. When you do, you’ll know how to adjust.
- Talk to someone. Be open and speak to your spouse/partner or good friend. If you can’t, seek professional medical help. Qualified personnel will be able to provide advice and medication, if necessary.
Constantly re-evaluate and identify the sources of stress especially after a major life event such as changing jobs, moving home, or losing a loved one. Upon identifying the source, manage your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that contribute to your stress levels. To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses. It is alright to offload them and be lackadaisical for a while.