Life today is very competitive . Living a fast-paced and time-pressured life , many people feel they are stressed out .Some have stress of performing well in examination , while others have stress of getting good job , some are stressed because of hectic working life while some are stressed because of their illness . Unfortunately a growing number of people are becoming victims of smoking , alcoholism . Although these provide momentary relief , but are extremely harmful in the long run . We all have some or other problem in our lives , but we should learn to properly deal with it .
However , certain amount of stress is normal and necessary . It helps us keep going and concentrating on the tasks in hand . In fact , optimum amount of stress is necessary to achieve the best results. But too much stress can affect our performance negatively.
For example , suppose we are holding some weight of one kilogram . For starting one hour we can easily hold it . But holding it for 5 -6 hours can cause pain in our hands . And if we hold it for full day , we surely need treatment . So longer we held it , heavier it became . Stress is like this weight only . The longer our body carries it , heavier it becomes and will surely leave its adverse effect .
Stress can affect our physical health too . Various health problems like heart attacks , increase in cholesterol , asthma and other respiratory disorders , headaches , loss of sleep , loss of appetite, irritation , depression are directly or indirectly related with our mental health .
Some of the symptoms of stress are mood swings , skin problems , tiredness , poor concentration , changes in sleep patterns , stomach upset , poor memory , fatigue , headache , more frequent use of cigarettes or drugs , emotional outbursts etc .
Stress occurs when we try to achieve something beyond our capability . It is good to dream higher but we should be prepared to deal with failures or other obstacles too .
“Diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled STRESS well!!”
Our positive attitude is the strongest weapon against stress . When we start doing something new , we should not allow thoughts like “Can I ?” , instead always keep working with the thought “I Can , and I will .” We should accept failure positively . So what if we failed to achieve something , at least we learnt something . When we people get succeded , they spent time in celebrating it . But the one who failed , will devote time in learning more and correcting mistakes . Hence , You can judge who is the real winner .
Healthy eating habits and workout also helps in stress management . Eating green vegetables and fruits reduce the risk of disease .
Does not matter how much busy we are , spending time on activities for which we are really passionate helps us feel relaxed . At least , on weekends we should do some creative or engage with some hobby of our choice . Listening to music or playing any musical instrument gives relax to our mind .
Giving some time to ourself is also very important . This can take the form of yoga , meditation,prayer or just sitting quietly .
Never overburden ourself with work . Sometimes , its good to say “NO” . Activities should be chosen carefully .
“Laughter “ is one of the best ways of relieving tension . It improves oxygen intake , improves blood circulation and reduces stress – harmone production .
Relaxing is all about getting your mind off of the stresses of life. Anything that will accomplish this can be helpful in making you feel calm and at peace. Here are some easy ways to feel more relaxed in your daily life.
Meditation can be a great way to relax, especially if you are under a lot of stress . Research has shown that meditation can be helpful in lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and even improving cognitive performance.
And meditation is pretty simple to do: just find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, and focus on ONE thing, whether it’s your breathing, an object (a flower, or a painting)—or even a picture in your mind—perhaps you are sitting on a beach in the Caribbean. You can do this for as little as 10 minutes to experience benefits. The key is staying focused and not letting any distractions or thoughts enter your mind—being mindful is key. If you have a bit more time, take a Yoga or Tai Chi class—both incorporate mediation, along with physical movements.
- DRINK GREEN TEA/AVOID CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES
Green tea is very soothing—it contains theanine, an amino acid that gives flavor to green tea and also promotes relaxation. It is also thought that theanine is a caffeine antagonist, meaning it counters the stimulating effects of caffeine. So, drink green tea, and avoid caffeinated beverages, since caffeine can worsen the stress response.
- CONSUME SEROTONIN-BOOSTING FOODS
Many of us crave indulgent carbohydrates like cookies, candy, ice cream, pretzels, and other sweet and starchy foods when we’re stressed, anxious, or tense. These foods can have a soothing effect in some women, and it may have something to do with low serotonin levels during these mood states. Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for feelings of calmness and relaxation. It’s thought that consuming these carbohydrates helps boost serotonin levels, which results in feelings of contentedness and relaxation. So, enjoy these treats if they provide some instant satisfaction, but do watch your portion sizes! I recommend 100 calorie portions—4 Hershey Kisses, or a small handful of pretzels. You may want to pre-portion out pretzels, for example, and take them with you as a snack when you leave the house. The 100-calorie packs work well too.
- CREATE A RELAXATION ROOM AT HOME
Many spas have relaxation rooms to sit in before and after treatments, and it’s a great thing to create at home too. A relaxation room doesn’t have to be a “room” per se—it can be a space in your bedroom, for example, but the key is having an area or room at home, solely devoted to relaxing. You can have a really comfortable chair or daybed, with dim lights, or candles nearby— whatever it is that you enjoy and find relaxing. This will give you an opportunity to decompress, with very little stimulus—this is key. Forget the blackberry, cell phone and laptop—this is a time to kick back and relax. You might want to read a book or magazine, but the idea is to clear your mind of distractions and stressors.
- LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC
Listening to soothing music can be very relaxing—and slow tempos in particular can induce a calm state of mind. (It can also slow down breathing and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and relax tense muscles too). This can be particularly beneficial when you’re getting ready for a tough day at work, or if you’re in your car stuck in traffic, or, if you’re lying in bed trying to free your mind of stressful thoughts. Interestingly, music therapy has been shown to be helpful in decreasing anxiety associated with medical procedures: one recent study found that heart rate and blood pressure decreased significantly among individuals who listened to music during a colonoscopy (the control group did not experience any changes). The music intervention group also required less sedation during the procedure.
- ENJOY AN AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE
Getting a massage is a great way to free yourself of tension and relax, and adding aromatherapy oils such as chamomile or lavender can be particularly beneficial: one recent study found that emergency room nurses experienced reduced stress levels with aromatherapy massage: The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, found that 54 percent of the emergency room staff in summer and 65 percent in winter suffered moderate to extreme anxiety. However, this fell to 8 percent, regardless of the season, once staff received 15-minute aromatherapy massages while listening to music. If you don’t have a lot of spare time, you can get aromatherapy oils and massage tools to use at home.
- INDULGE IN A HOT BATH
Heat relaxes muscles — and taking a long bath can be soothing for the mind as well. Stock up on your favorite bath salts and soaps, get a bath pillow, and decorate the room with candles. You can even create an in-home spa, by incorporating spa treatments like facials.
- ENGAGE IN MODERATE EXERCISE DAILY
Exercise helps to boost endorphins and reduce stress — and research shows that 20 minutes each day is all that is needed to experience benefits.
It is seen that sometimes over-excitement towards a thing or anxiety can also lead to health problems . “Time is like flowing river .” It will pass . So , we should not panic in hard times , and always live with thought that “this time will pass “ and similarly in happier times also thinking that , this time will pass , will give us lesser setback on our encounter with tough times , since somewhere in our heart we were already prepared for it.
“It’s not the stress that break you down , It’s the way you carry it .”
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