One of the most common phenomena in human life is stress. No human being is immune to stress. Experts say that some level of stress in life is necessary. However, when stress builds up to unmanageable levels, it can result in sickness or senseless or even violent behaviour. It is therefore necessary that you become aware of the presence and role of stress in your life, as well as strategies that you can use to overcome it.
Let us look at some of the triggers of stress in your life. Imagine you have had a bad day at work, with your boss harassing you when you know very well you did not commit any mistake. On the way home, your car decides to break down right in the middle of the highway. It takes time before you get a breakdown service to tow your car to the garage. By the time you reach home, it is already late and your spouse will hear none of the reasons you are giving.
The night is long. Since you skipped food, your stomach begins to rumble in the middle of the night. You cannot sleep because your boss wants a solution to the problem you had during the day. The dogs in the neighbourhood decide the will hold a barking competition this very night. Just as sleep begins to invade your territory, that annoying neighbour begins to play loud music. As you reach out for headphones to save yourself from this new form of terrorism, your clock alarm rings to remind you it is time to wake up – or is it to just rise from the bed?
By the time you reach your workplace, you feel like the world is completely on top of your head. The first person you meet will be lucky if you greet them. They might even escape with a few scratches. The entire day will be punctuated by irritability, conflict and mistakes in your work. At the end of the day, if nothing is done, you will arrive home spoiling for a fight with everybody. That is what stress does to you.
Fortunately or unfortunately, you may not even be aware that you are stressed. Many of us think they are having a normal day. Isn’t conflict part of life? Are people not created differently and likely to clash? What we do not know is that something is eating us up inside. Sooner or later the small problems we ignored begin to grow and become a river of stress and internal conflict that we cannot stop. Stress management is the solution but stress awareness is the beginning point.
How Do You Know You Are Stressed?– Look Out For The Following Stress Indicators!!
- Your blood pressure increases uncharacteristically.
- Blood sugar increases, and this is dangerous if you are suffering from diabetes.
- Your heart begins to beat faster than normal.
- Food takes longer to digest – you are likely to have constipation.
- Your sex drive takes a nose dive.
- You become irritable and likely to get into clashes with people around you.
- You lose concentration and begin to multi-task without accomplishing anything in particular.
- Your immunity decreases and you begin to suffer from colds and other illnesses.
These 15 Practices Will Help To Relieve & Manage Stress Or Anxiety!!
- Meditation: This practice brings relief, peace and contentment to the body, mind and soul.
- Take a walk: Take time to walk through the woods, along riverbanks and lake shores.
- Sleep: Practice sleeping in a dark room for about eight hours daily.
- Massage: Have somebody perform body massage on you to relax your muscles.
- Music: Listen to your favorite, soothing music.
- Sports: Engage in a favorite sport with friends.
- Humour: Watch a television program or attend live comedy performances.
- Visualisation: Practice visualizing positive images that you would want to see in your life.
- Diet: Eat more fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water while minimising on starches.
- Beverages: Avoid caffeinated drinks, carbonated beverages and illegal substances.
- Rest: Take time off your busy schedule to visit a quiet place where you can relax.
- Family time: Don’t take office work home; instead give time to your family.
- Yoga: This is an established exercise regime for rejuvenating the body and mind.
- Charity: Find a way to bring relief into the lives of less-privileged people.
- Aromatherapy: Internal and external use of aromatic herbs will bring relief.
Your Grace Guru