Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to Handle Your Stress

Plan to implement some of these things in your day-to-day:

Live "in the moment": Stress experts advise that we should start by learning to live "in the moment", which means being aware of and improving our state of mind in the present. It has been observed that all feelings of anxiety are directed at past or future events, but by making the best of the moment it can help us to feel better mentally, emotionally, as well as physically.  There’s actually a powerful verse that says, "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” This is key to really understanding that, you don't always need to finish everything, or be a control freak.. things can wait so just take it one step at a time!

Learning to relax: Relaxation helps reduce stress by distracting your mind from stress provoking thoughts. Besides various relaxation techniques help to counter effects of 'fight or flight' reaction. There are two main techniques and both are easily learned. Practice them either lying down or sitting on a straight backed chair, with your feet flat and your hands relaxing on your laps. Spend 15 min on each - preferably after work or just before going to bed.

Meditation: Meditation techniques allow us to achieve a deep state of calmness and serenity while remaining alert. It also causes the oxygen requirement, breathing rate, heart rate and blood pressure to drop and help muscles to relax. There are different techniques including so-called 'Mindfulness' Meditation and Visualization. For example imagine a pleasant, peaceful scene, such as sunny, deserted beach. Close your eyes and concentrate on all the color, smell and sounds. Put yourself in the picture in a relaxed position. Continue Imagining for 10-15 min. If practiced regularly, it can also lead to a more relaxed general view of life.

Letting off steam is another good way of relieving stress or tension. It is best to express your frustration or anger when it occurs, if you always bottle things up, you are more likely to suffer from physical illness associated with stress or to explode with pent-up rage. If you want to yell to let off steam then go somewhere such as a basement or a garden where you cannot easily disturb others.

Change your response: One of the best, but most difficult stress relieving strategies is to change your response to the event around you. You are the only person who can improve your attitude and performance. There is no sense in blaming other people or past events for everything that goes wrong. You might get sympathy, but you will not achieve the results you want.


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