‘Anxiety’ and ‘Stress’ are small words. In truth, however, they are very heavy mental issues to handle. The strongest of minds give up when they are confronted by pressure that is beyond their capacity to handle. At times we can bear the worst of happenings but during other times, it becomes more than difficult to even think about them. Each one has different bearing capacities and each one looks at similar problems in different perspectives. Just a change in thought process can lead issues into a completely different direction.
And that is the real technique for dealing with the stress monster. If you know yourself better, you can handle all your feelings.
When you are feeling anxious or stressed, use some of the following strategies to cope up:
Take a time-out and pamper yourself. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. You can’t just keep thinking about the problem all the time and figure out a solution. Just leave it for some time. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
Don’t show anger on your meal routines:
Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthy, energy-boosting snacks on hand. Always remember that not eating or eating too much does not solve any problems.
Stimulating your mind is not a very good idea when you are under mental pressure. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Juices and more fluid intake will throw off toxins which will make you feel lighter.
Sleeping helps in rejuvenating the body and the mind both. Get enough sleep. Relax yourself completely. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. When you feed yourself with relaxing gesture, you definitely feel peace within you.
Maintain Your Health
Health maintenance should be our first priority in any case. This includes physical and mental health both. Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health.
Focus on Breathing
Claustrophobic feeling is common in anxious people. Don’t fall prey to it. Manage the feeling with simple tips like taking deep breaths. Inhaling and exhaling slowly.
Don’t be a slave to the rat race and the social competition. Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get and celebrate. Don’t try to copy others or imitate people’s success. Feel satisfied and live at peace.
Life is not a machine:
Some things will always be beyond our understanding and capacities. Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective. Talk positively to yourself and ask valid questions.
Laughing works wonders:
It is the best medicine as rightly said. Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way. Learn to enjoy conversations. Smiles and laughs can be best psychological tools.
No matter what, be positive:
Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. What you think becomes your language, what you speak becomes your action and what you act becomes your destiny. Choose what you think.
Get involved in other people:
Help them solve their issues. You will end up finding solutions to many of your own problems.
Some things affect you more than the others. It’s important to observe yourself. Learn what triggers your anxiety. It could be work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Make a feelings diary and note down when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a common pattern.
Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling sad, and let them know how they can help you. If this is not a possibility, then take help from a psychologist. It’s good to take help them suffer
We miss out on one all important fact, that is the beauty of our life. Understanding the value of life is one of the biggest virtues one can possess. Every problem has a solution, have the courage to find it.
Anxiety and stress are not the disease; over thinking, negativity, low self esteem and lack of confidence are the real killers. Don’t let these killers make your life difficult. Deal with them in the best way.
A Multi-Faceted Person: A Psychologist, Counsellor, Corporate Trainer, Co Cognitive Therapist (CBT) and Wellness Consultant, among many, Dr. Swapna feels very strongly about her subject of emotional intelligence saying that it is connected with every person no matter which profession they belong to, if one wants to sustain in this world and live peacefully, successfully and harmoniously, the knowledge of this is essential.