Kill Stress before it kills you!

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Stress seems to be the new best friend in town for all of us. Stress is like an adopted child, why adopted must be your question? Because you choose to take it up. It’s a responsibility and while I’m not saying you need to get rid of stress but you need to stop stressing on how much in stress you are. Confused? Yeah, we sometimes worry about things we shouldn’t, overthink and end up stressing so much that we forget the solution to so many things isn’t actually as complicated as we think it is.

What is stress?

“Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.”

Sometimes these demanding circumstances are in our head. We as human beings have this innate tendency to always predict negativity more than positivity and that is one of the primary reasons that leads to stress. We always feel that we are heavily burdened and are not motivated enough to face our problems positively.

We need to modify our thinking process to modify our lifestyle. The most important point is that we need to stop dealing with everything as a problem and start looking at things more like an opportunity.

What are the symptoms that determine you as someone stressed?

  • Memory Problems
  • Constant worrying
  • Sweaty palms and feet
  • Aches and pains
  • Irritability
  • Easily angered or agitated
  • Depression
  • Sleeping excessively or too little
  • Nervous habits

These are some of the many symptoms that one may face during stressful situations.

But what can be done to overcome these stressful situations?

Everything has a solution, a problem is created by the mind and the solution Is also within that mind you just need to think it through. Thinking is not the same as stressing. Thinking is a positive and rational approach that one makes to find an effective solution to a problem.

So what is my advice?

The only way to reduce negativity of stress levels is by getting rid of stress itself.

  1. Alone and quiet time: Create a space where you spend time on vitalising your energy towards yourself. Remember that you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else or anything else. Practise yoga, take yourself on a holiday, and treat yourself to a massage. Make a routine where in you spend time for yourself doing things that don’t involve your work life or anything stressful. Take a break.

 

  1. Procrastination is an evil friend: Do not procrastinate, make sure you prioritise your work and allocate sufficient time in achieving your goals. The more you procrastinate, the more you will have to finish in lesser allocated time. This will increase stress levels and thus the whole process of being stressed.

 

  1. Writing helps remembering: Scientific facts show that when people write down their tasks they are more likely to remember and complete them. Make sure you write down what needs to be done in the order of urgency and make sure you strike off every task you finish. This way you will be aware of what needs to be done and what you have finished. Also if it is possible bifurcate work, ask a friend who lives nearby to get something you need done, or ask someone to drop off things if you are too tied up.

 

  1. Eat Better: It is highly essential that you take control of what you eat. A lot of what you eat determines the way you are going to react to situations. Add colour to your food. Eat fruits, drink lots of water and make sure you eat something sweet once a day, it helps reduce stress levels. Most importantly make sure you control the amount of caffeine you take in.

 

  1. Make quality time: Make sure you spend quality time with the people you love. Call a friend, a family member; spend at least 15 minutes of your day taking to someone you are comfortable with. This ensures that you are able to let go of stressful situations and it helps you focus better. Try to share what’s on your mind, life becomes simpler when you share feelings of any kind.

 

  1. Say it out: Bottling up feelings will not better your situations, learn to say what’s on your mind in a less hurtful and more constructive way. Provide feedback and vent out any feelings of frustration or anger with someone you trust and can confide in.

 

  1. Learn to prioritise: Prioritising is essential to make sure you don’t do a lot of things at once and can complete tasks in a systematic manner. Prioritising also helps you remember the things that need to be done. Know what you can easily let slide — and what you can drop entirely — and focus your energy on things that will actually make a difference in your life.

 

  1. Routines are essential: having a routine ensures that you have a pattern of doing things. A routine is a pattern and not a rule, so don’t begin to stress if you are unable to do something the same way every single day. Having a routine is essential but also being a little easy going helps.

 

  1. Pay Attention: Pay attention to yourself! It is important to love yourself and spend a lot of energy on yourself. Notice if there is something wrong, take care of yourself. Don’t let people take advantage of you and decide how much you are willing to give into relationships, work and quit when you think you’ve had enough.

 

Stress only breeds more stress. Get rid of anything that doesn’t help you grow, make you happy or help you be a better person. Love yourself always. J

A writer, poet and enthusiast. Currently pursuing my BBA at Christ University, Bangalore, Music is my passion.