Monday, 17 June 2013
How To Manage Stress
Here is a very enlightening article from Popoola, she doesn't hesitate to open our eyes to the little factors which we sometimes ignore and which plays vital roles in our entire well being . Stress can be defined as simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life so readers lets dig in and enjoy what Popoola has for us.
The simple realisation that you control your life is the foundation of stress management. Taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule and the way you deal with problems.
To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses:
*What caused your stess (guess if unsure)
*How you felt, both physically & emotionally.
*How you acted in response.
*What you did to make yourself feel better.
Now, do take a deep breathe while i reveal several unhealthy ways of coping with stress.
-drinking too much.
-overeating or undereating.
-zoning out for hours in front of the TV/computer.
-withdrawing from friends, family, and activities.
-sleeping too much.
-filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems.
-taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence etc)
Relax, which of these methods is peculiar to you? If your methods of coping with stress aren't contributing to your greater emotional & physical health, then find healthier ones. Lets do this. "You can either change the situation or change your reaction"
To change the situation, it can be either avoided or altered.
To change your reaction, you can chose to adapt or accept.
Hmmmmmm, not all stress can be avoided and its not healthy to avoid a situation that's meant to be addressed. Learn to say "NO" know your limits and stick to them. Taking on more than you can handle is a sure-fire stress recipe. Avoid people who stress you out, limit the time you spend with them. Take control of your environment (its your world). Pave down your to-do list, analyse your schedule, responsibilities, daily task.
To alter the situation, EXPRESS your feelings instead of BOTTLING them up. Deal with problems, face your fears. Do manage your time better instead of procrastinating.
To change reactions by 'adapting' often makes one better. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Be optimistic! Look at the big picture, the future, ask yourself how important it will be in the long run. Is it really worth getting upset over? Set reasonable standards, not always perfection, learn to be okay with "good enough". Celebrate yourself often.
When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in life, including your own positive qualities & gifts. Learn to forgive [this world is uncertain with imperfect people]. Let go of anger and resentments, you will definitely feel lighter within.
You can aswell 'accept'.
Atimes what works best is accepting the things you cannot change. Acceptance may be difficult, but in the long run,its easier than railing against a situation you cannot change. Don't try to control the uncontrolable -particularly the behaviour of others, instead focus on the way you choose to react to problems. When facing a major challenge, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth. Learn from your mistakes. Share your feelings, don't carry the weight of the burden alone. Please do talk to a trusted friend/therapist. Trust, you will feel alot relieved.
"Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury"
Take a BREAK!!!!
Get a massage.
Listen to music.
Watch a comedy.
Curl up with a good book.
Call a good friend.
Play with a pet.
Work in your garden.
Write in your journal.
Sweat out tension with a good workout.
Light scented candles.
Take a long bath.
Go for a walk.
Spend time in nature.
Spend time with positive people who will enhance your life.
Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy; play the piano, take a ride across town.
Keep your sense of humor.
Participate in your favourite sport.
Eat healthy diets.
Reduce caffeine and sugar.
Avoid alcohol, cigarette and drugs -its relief is only temporary.
Connect with a spiritual source in prayer, the holyghost releases joy that knows no bounds.
Get enough sleep, adequate sleep fuels your mind as well as your body.
Stop worrying and start trusting your only source of help.
Courtesy: Popoola Omobolade
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