Coping with Stress

arhendolf By arhendolf, 1st Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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What is stress?
Tips to reduce Stress:
Take a break
Organize your life
Practice Relaxation

What is Stress

It’s the spice of life or the kiss of death depending on how we cope with it. Stress is simply the body’s non-specific response to any demand made on it, and is not necessarily synonymous with nervous tension or anxiety.

In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). Stress can initiate the "fight or flight" response, a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems.

Tips to Reduce Stress

Take a break
Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Sit back and relax on your break. Do something you love during weekends or vacations. Go treat yourself with a nice pair of shoe or dress if you love shopping and have a budget but if you are tight on a budget then better not go, you will end up getting more stress. Read a good book. There are a lot of good books you can download on line if you can’t afford the real one. Change your surroundings. If work gets a little too unbearable, there is a need to take some time off. If the three-day-vacation to a week doesn’t do the job, then it is time to think of applying to another company. A toxic workplace will make an employee better or very unproductive. Learn to play. Don’t take life too seriously.

Organize your life
Manage your time. Procrastination will never get you anywhere and it will only add up more stress. In order to facilitate time management, make to do lists. Sounds like a cliché but it helps get things done and keep you from forgetting the things you need to prioritize. Plan ahead. Successful teams and successful people have their games planned out. If your goals are sky high, set mini goals first. Move on to the bigger ones when you have enough confidence from the successes you had with your mini goals. Learn to plan and make your plans and goals realistic. Do not bite more than what you can chew.

Practice Relaxation
I am not Buddhist but I am a big fan of meditation. It is indeed relaxing to do it once in a while or often if you have the luxury of time to rewire everything that has been going on in there. Deep Breathing relaxes not only your mind but so with your tensed muscles relieving stress. Get a massage more often. You work hard, you pamper yourself. Ever tried visualizing when you catch yourself doing nothing? If not then it is time to do it now. It is fun and relaxing to imagine that you are peter pan once in a while. Take a Bath. Take a cold bath if you can bear it. It relieves stress. Over the years, I have drifted off from my religion but I have been having difficult time after another lately and found my way back to our church again. It is relaxing to say a prayer and your thoughts often. It is some sort of venting out all those negativities that you have been feeling lately. If you are a Christian and are reading this try saying the Serenity Prayer, if you are from other religion practice what you normally practice when praying.

You see, I work in my office almost eight hours a day and I barely consume my in between breaks. Sitting way too long when you just need to finish all those reports or talk to clients in my case. Stand up and reach up. Maintaining the same position all day can strain muscles so do a neck stretch: roll your head in a half circle starting at one side, then dropping your chin to your chest, then to the other side. It helps a lot with those strained muscles in your neck area. Watch a cat stretch and see how they seem to enjoy that stretch every time so do the same as it relaxes tensed muscles from your shoulders down to you waist.

Other stress management tips:

Learn to live one day at a time. Always remember that it is good to be prepared but you can't plan out everything as there are only a very few things that we can really control and and of those is ourselves. Improve your appearance. Pamper yourself, you deserve to feel good about yourself and it helps boost that confidence. Do something for someone else (volunteer work) or do random good acts on others at least once a day. Allow yourself private time everyday. Sometimes we just need that good old silence. Silence brings solitude and serenity. Learn to forgive and forget as when you live your life with too many baggage you will end up burnt out. Watch a good movie. Try comedy or a romantic comedy. Please stay away from dramas unless you want to induce crying then do so. Listen too your favorite music and while you are at it, dance. Dance like some teenager and sing. It helps unload anything that have been bugging you. Eat well but don't over eat. The extra weight will come haunting you sooner or later adding up to other stresses you may already be dealing with. Be a positive person. Always remember the law of attraction. Positive energy attracts positive things and negative energy invites negative things. So if you want positive results well then be positive. Avoid unnecessary competition. People who keep on competing with other people will eventually tire themselves out ending up stressed and sad. So let that overly competitive self go and live a more relaxed life. After all, it's useless spending life in that way for we only get to live once.


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A mother of three wonderful children, a career woman and a post graduate student at a local state university.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
1st Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article. I think we all have stress but I do know we have to learn to deal with it.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Sep 2015 (#)

It is also good to avoid stress in the first place so we do not have to cope with it later, but good tips on how to deal with stress.

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