How To Deal With Stress Effectively
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How To Deal With Stress

Authored by Srimayee Dutta Gupta on 5 Aug 2013 - 06:36

Stress is our bodies’ response to situations in which we feel emotionally and physically threatened. When something challenges us, we feel stressed. Stress is both, positive as well as negative. Positive stress helps us perform well, motivates us and generates optimistic thoughts, while negative stress attacks our health and harms us in the long run. Stress has become a part and parcel of the modern life. It seems so natural that we do not pay any attention to it at all. But, the truth is, stress is like parasite that creeps on us. If not detected and treated at the right time, it can take toll on our minds, bodies and behavior.

Symptoms of stress are:

  • Chronic headache
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • High pulse rate
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritated and agitated behavior
  • Depression or sadness
  • Overeating or eating less
  • Addiction to drugs, alcohol or tobacco

What you ought to understand is stress is completely manageable if it is checked. Stress management is the key to a healthy, stress-free life.  But, according to many health experts, our support system too has the ability to keep us de-stressed. Friends, family, workplace, colleagues can be of great help if you share a strong bond with them. Apart from these, you can follow some other steps too. These are:

  • Identify the source of stress. You may think it is just a deadline you need to meet, but in reality it could be a stressor (stress causing agent)
  • Once you know the cause, you are in a better position to deal with it. Try your level best to avoid stress.  For this, you need to know and analyse your priorities and then, work accordingly.
  • Learn to avoid people or situations you are sure will stress you. There is no need to place yourself in an unhealthy environment.
  • Learn to speak up. Often, you need to vent out your feelings for if they remain bottled up for too long, they will only harm you. As you express yourself, you feel lighter and this helps you become a more confident person. A confident person never lets anything get on his/her nerves, so be confident and speak.
  • Try to change your attitude. If you are stressed, that says a lot about the kind of person you are. You may appear as an extrovert, whereas you are an introvert. Try to adjust and if possible, compromise. If you remain adamant and stubborn, it will cost you.
  • Positive thinking. Always look at the brighter side of things. This enables you to grow as a person. When you neglect the negatives and focus only on the positives, you are gifting yourself a hassle-free life. Go for it.
  • Accept your problem. No one can help you unless and until, you help yourself. You need to accept that you are stressed. It may seem temporary to you, but it could be the beginning of a life full of tension and anxiety.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle. Unhealthy and indiscipline lifestyle are the root causes of stress. You should change and adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to deal with stress. Eat healthy, sleep well.
  • At last, have fun. Age is not a bar for having fun. If stress does not consider your age before attacking you, why should you think twice before relaxing? It is your own decision how you want to de-stress, but the bottom-line remains that you need to take your mind off anything stressful and simply pamper yourself with some personal time. Read a book, spend time with family and friends, go for a tour, so on and so forth.

We need to know that stress is a result of our doing, and not the other way round, so it is completely in our power to recognize it and address it. You just need a little will-power and then, you will see it vanish. 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.