Stress has become the ‘it’ word over the last couple of years. It’s a state of mind that has plagued many and shows no sign of leaving, especially in the big cities. But if you are looking for the factual stress management definition, then stress is a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.
Sounds scary, right? But the sad truth is that people have not learnt the right ways to manage stress. They look at it as a temporary problem that will go away sooner or later.
HOWEVER, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DON’T WAIT FOR A MIRACLE AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS TO MANAGE STRESS:
- Yoga for stress management – Yoga is a widely practiced around the world due to its ability to achieve results without being too rigorous. There are certain yoga poses that have the ability to help us let go of tension and stress, like the Garudasana, Balasana, Vajrasana and more.
- Breathing for stress management – This is possibly the easiest and they best way to managing stress and anxiety. All you have to do is breath in slowly through your nose and let your breath flow as deep down into your belly without forcing it. Let it out equally slowly and repeat a few times for best results. The best part is, you can do it while standing, sitting or even lying down.
- Stress management exercises – You might be wondering how something as power-packed as exercising can help relieve stress. High-energy exercises increase the heart rate and this leads the body to release endorphins which are natural opiates that make you feel good with no side effects. You automatically feel better, both physically and mentally.
- Sleep for stress management – Possible the ultimate stress management tool, sleep helps our body repair all the wear and tear that we have endured during the week. But that being said, catching up on a week’s sleep over just two days of the weekend is not good enough. You need to catch at least six hours of sleep every day to feel rejuvenated and refreshed the next morning.
- Understanding the Transaction model – In 1984, Richard Lazarus and Susan Folkman suggested that stress is the imbalance that is caused when the pressure exceeds one’s ability to cope with it. The model proposes that stress can be reduced changing your perception on the factor that is causing stress, learning strategies to help cope with it and improving your confidence in their ability to do so.
- Managing your time – The surest way to prevent stress from occurring in the first place is to manage your time better at every task. Make a list of things that you have to do and rank them in order of priority. Another method is to divide a big task and delegate it to others instead of taking on the entire burden all by yourself.
Unfortunately people do not take stress as a serious factor that can affect one’s health. It is important to understand that stress, in the long run, can do serious damage to a person’s mental and physical state.
SO, DEAL WITH STRESS BEFORE IT CONSUMES YOU.
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