Stress is a feeling that too much pressure puts you in. Resulting in lack of sleep, anxiety, loss of appetite, stress is one big monster that tampers with your thinking, your body metabolism and your entire health. There are many stress makers in everyone’s life. For some it might be work stress while for others it might be financial troubles. Sometimes even the presence of a human can stress us. Categorizing stress is one heck job which I do not intend to do. What I would like to present is ways to avoid unwanted stress and to lead a calm and peaceful life.
1. Identify the cause of your stress
To avoid unwanted stress one should understand the roots behind it. Why am I being stressed? Is it because of exams? Or is it that my friend scored better than me in the last test? Is it the deadline of presentation that you ought to present before the CEO of a multinational company? Or the interview you have tomorrow?
Spend some time alone and know yourself. Self evaluation is the best way to understand our problems and the roots of our stress. Identify what is stressing you and then we can move forward in ways to tackle those problems.
2. Exercise regularly
Studies say that exercising regularly relaxes our stress and our body. Exercise releases endorphins that trigger positive feelings and thus effectively reducing your stress. Take up running or attend yoga classes or biking to stretch your muscles and so will your stress reduces. Swimming is also a good way to improve your blood flow.
3. Manage a balanced diet
A balanced diet is very important in the metabolism of a human. One need to have the right amount of carbohydrates, pulses, proteins, vitamins and minerals in order to have a healthy lifestyle. The reduction in any one item from your diet may affect your working. Moreover stress might be related to your intake of junk food which seek high calories. The high fat foods increases stress.
And by balanced diet, one doesn’t mean just the food but also the timings of intake! Have a healthy breakfast and then take lunch only four hours after your breakfast. You can have snack (preferably fruits) breaks in between. And then make sure that you take dinner three hours prior to your bedtime. The times should be maintained regularly and you would find yourself relaxing and stress free.
4. Sleep well
Sleep is way too important to compromise. One’s day depends on the hours he/she had slept the past night. Sleeping well effects your brain and stimulation. Therefore having a good sleep is the best way to reduce stress.
But this doesn’t mean the use of sleeping pills. Never take pills to have a good sleep. Yes, it may give you a sound sleep but that would turn into an addiction you would find hard to overcome. Also sleeping too much can in turn cause harm to your body. Sleep for 6-8 hours – that’s the healthiest sleeping hour for humans. And try getting the same amount of sleep every night, at the same time.
5. Think positively: Beat your negative thoughts
When your brain comes up with something negative, think of something positive over it. When you think about thorns, think of roses instead. By this way defeat your negative thoughts by optimism. Everyone faces the same challenges. But only optimists come out of it, not pessimists.
6. Indulge yourself in your hobbies
Some may feel calm and peaceful when they read under the shade of a tree. While some love gardening or drawing. Everyone have their own way in relaxing their mind. Indulge yourself in your hobbies and forget about your stress. Doing what you love freshens your mind and so does reduces your stress. If nothing works, go sit on a beach. The way waves caresses your legs is the best feeling in the world. It’s as if the waves take away your stress as they go back to the sea.
7. Deep breathing works
When you find yourself in a very tensed situations, stop all your activites and start taking deep breaths. Take long breath through your nose and let your abdomen expand. Let the abdomen be filled not your chest. Now breath out slowly through your mouth.
8. Get organized
Getting organized, planning and preparing everything can help if it’s something related to studies or work. You all may be familiar with that feeling before exams where everything you have studies flies away and you are numb! The stress before exams is very much familiar to me. Just prepare and plan months before exams and you would find yourself calm before the big day.
Write down your tasks and deadlines in a sticky note and stick it up on your wall or desk, somewhere you would see. It reminds you of your work and increases your productivity. And eventually you would no longer feel stressed.