Stress can be a difficult thing to deal with. In today’s day and age, we all go through stress irrespective of the age group. For young kids stress comes in the form of studies and for adults it comes in the form of adult responsibilities. The stress levels obviously vary from person to person.
Stress can create havoc is your life and can damage your life to a great extend. It takes a toll on your health, not just mentally but physically as well. And the bitter truth is that there is nothing that you can do for your stress to go away but you can definitely learn to deal with stress.
Effective Stress Management plays an important role here. Effective stress management not only reduces your tension but also gives you a better perspective of things.
Here are a few ways to deal to stress
It is said that working out acts as a great stress buster. It is easier to punch a punching bag rather than punching the face of the person who increases your stress. Working out helps you make productive use of your stress, anger, frustration and anxiety. Keep a fitness goal and work towards achieving it. The sweetest thing you will ever taste is the fruit of your hard work.
Yoga is a great stress reliever. It has a calming and soothing effect on your brain and body. Meditation provides peace of mind. A few of breathing exercise can also work wonders. Anjali Mudra , Sukhasana and Marjaryasana are some yoga poses that help relieve stress.
- Embrace your hobbies
In today’s busy world, learn to keep your phone aside and spend some time doing those little things you enjoy. Because sometimes, small things give us immense pleasure, something that we can’t find anywhere else. It can be anything dancing, signing, painting, cooking, drawing or craft. Doing something that you love makes you feel good and also helps relieve stress.
- Learn to be grateful
Gratitude is something that we all need to practice. Being grateful for all the things that you are blessed with helps you relieve stress and fills your heart with joy. A great way to do this is by maintaining a Gratitude Journal, write all the things that you are grateful for in this journal and when you find yourself surrounded with negative thoughts open the book and read it.
- Eat right
Yes! As bizarre as it sounds, it is true. There are a lot of food items that help relieve stress. Ice creams, cookies, yogurt, wine and dark chocolates are few of the items that help you relieve stress. So the next time you feel stressful indulge in such sinful foods.
- Take a Break
It is important to take a break once in awhile to clear your head. It helps you gain perspective in life. Life can get chaotic at times with 10 different people telling us 10 different things, making us go crazy. Take a break, indulge in some me time. Traveling is a great way to relieve stress.
- Talk to someone
It is important to confide in someone. Bottling things up will kill you and one fine day you will erupt like a volcano. Make sure you speak to someone, someone who is very close to you and make sure you talk to a positive person. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you find someone who can give you the best advice under the sun (If you find someone with good advice, good for you) but someone who can just understand you and empathize with you. It can be your sibling, friends or family. You can even talk to a counselor.
- Keep a diary
Writing your thoughts down is a great way to relieve stress. You can either maintain a journal or make notes on your phone. But nothing beats writing your thoughts down in your own handwriting. It gives it a more personal touch and you know what exactly is going on in your head because there is a lot of chaos going on in your mind. Maintaining a diary also helps in Evoking Mindfulness and Healing.