Stress Management Issues

We’re living in really trying and hard times and matters don’t seem to be getting any easier. Occasionally life may seem painful and unjust, yet for some reason we manage to battle on, daily, hoping and praying that matters will soon get better.

But daily the world is getting to be a crazier and less settled place to live in, let alone stressful. Nothing appears safe any longer. Millions of individuals are in record levels of debt. Several are losing their jobs, their homes, their wellness and occasionally even their sanity.

The concern, depression, and anxiety seem to have become a way of life for way too many individuals.

We appear to have entered the Age of anxiousness. The constant stress and doubts of living in the 21st century have for sure taken their toll. Switch on the news or open a paper and we’re bombarded with distressing images and stories. We start to wonder if we’re safe anyplace. In this, the info age, never before have we had such access to so much information.

If stress is induced by us not feeling in control of a state of affairs, the answer is to attempt and reverse this and find that control. The good news is: you can! You’ve everything inside you that you require to overcome your stress and the accompanying anxiety. The issue is, often we don’t realize that we’re in control as we feel so out of control at the time. But the tools are there; you just have to use them.

Here is some basic guideline regarding Stress Management:

  • Stress Management isn’t as hard as it may appear. However, we can’t accept this next point enough. If you believe you’ve too much stress in your life, it might be helpful to talk with your doctor, spiritual advisor, or local mental health connection. Because responses to stress may be a factor in depression, anxiety, and additional disorders, they might suggest that you visit with a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or another qualified counselor.
  • Stress management is a challenge for many adults, whether you’re a busy woman juggling between meetings and clients, trying to find the balance between work and family, or a parent who manages your household on a day-to-day basis and coordinates your children’s activity schedules.
    While stress is inevitable, it is manageable for most people with the right coping techniques and management strategies.
  • Stress management ideas are easy, cost-effective techniques to check stress effectively. They may be practiced anyplace and at any time. Well, nearly!

If you feel you’re in need of help, don’t hesitate. You may not be correct always. The cause of your stress may be for no reason at all. But it may be physical in its origins. Somebody else may be able to solve it quickly. Comprehend your limitations, and it may relieve stress to a great extent.

Stress is a regular part of life. In little quantities, stress is good — it may motivate you and help you be more productive. But, too much stress, or a heavy response to stress, is adverse.

It may set you up for general poor health as well as particular physical or psychological illnesses like infection, heart conditions, or depression. Lasting and unforgiving stress frequently leads to anxiety and unhealthy behaviors like binging and abuse of alcohol or drugs.

Just like reasons for stress differ from person to person, what relieves stress isn’t the same for everybody. As a whole, however, making particular lifestyle changes as well as discovering healthy, gratifying ways to cope with stress helps many individuals. I hope that I’ve given you some great ways of dealing with the stress that we all feel!

Most importantly, remember that you’re in no way alone in this combat. There are 100s of 1000s of individuals out there who feel deluged and nearly wholly out of control. That’s why it’s crucial for you to find peace within yourself and realize that we’re all on this big blue marble for a reason.

I’d like to share my habits and techniques on how I handle the stress in my life. Here are my Top 10 Techniques on stress and how to handle it:

  1. Keep in touch with your supportive friends.

Ask for help if you feel that you’re overwhelmed. Don’t push away the closest people that could help you. You may have some friends who help you to make decisions, to feel loved, and to feel hopeful. Call them. Talk to them. Tell them how you feel. Also pay attention to those friends who I use to call “energy vampires,” keep them as away as possible, because they only want your energy, time and attention…and in stressed times, you only need to focus yourself. So, keep in mind: You are enough, You are strong enough, and you have to remember that every storm eventually passes…

  2.Use Aromatherapy for your body &soul:

Fill your room with aromatherapy scents. Aromatherapy can be an excellent way to relieve stress, it helps you to relax your mind and your muscle and fills your mind with positiveness. Try aromas of lavender, lemon, bergamot, ylang-ylang. Have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels. Lavender can help to beat insomnia and provide a better quality of sleep. Be sure to research carefully any essential oil you intend to use because some people are allergic to certain oils and also if you’re pregnant there are certain oils that you need to avoid.

3. Learn to recognize when you’re becoming stressed :

Don’t try to avoid your anger or frustration; I don’t find it to be good for your health ( physically and also mentally.) The primary function of stress or failure is to signal that something is happening and needs your attention. If you are consistently ignoring that warning sign, you may find yourself in some self-destructive behaviors (overeating, excessive shopping, depression).

4. Use the power of your mind: 

Visualize calm and peaceful situations or settings. Try to close your eyes, take three long, slow breaths, and spend a few seconds picturing a relaxing scene, such as walking in the woods lying on the beach( my favorite :).

  5. Meditate:

A few minutes of meditation in the morning or the evening can help you to be more resilient to stress. Consistency is the key. You can use some self-confidence mantras or empower believes, such as:

I’m enough, I love myself, I can make through this…My favourite: I’m the Sky, everything else is just weather:)

6. Take Deeply Breaths:

You can learn this technic through meditation, Yoga or Pilates; You can start to take  5-minute breaks every 3 hours while working or studying and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, close your eyes, rest your hands on your lap or you can put your palms down on your thighs. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your belly and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.

7. Slow down.

When you find yourself in a stressed situation take note that this is a sign to slow down and to be mindful of whatever you’re doing at the moment. Focus on what’s going on right now. On your actions, in your environment, on your believes, in your dreams.
When you spend time at the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense and acknowledge that You’re much more powerful then you think. So, you have to pick yourself up and go after your dreams…It takes consistency and practice, but You’ll get there, you’ll see:)

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Jim Goodwin

8. Do not compare:

Things aren’t always what they seem. Even the people who tend to have the most successful careers, relationships, wardrobes, and homes have bad days, unsuccessful periods and sadness in their lives.
There are ups and downs in every situation. High standards are excellent, but use it to carry on and reach your inner potential not to stress and frustrate yourself.

9. Be Grateful:

Keep a gratitude journal or several (one by your bed, one in your purse, and one at work) to help you remember all the things that are good in your life.

10. Forgive yourself.

You must never forget that you’re doing your best you can, with what you have, at the right moment..Give yourself time to learn, to develop skills, to find the balance in your life…and everything else will fall into place when you are ready.

Anticipating and Preparing for Change and Stressful Situations to Minimize Distress

All of us face change in our life. Sometimes we love it, look forward to it and enjoy the preparations that are involved in making it happen. On other occasions, change can be very distressing. Usually occurring without warning, we are usually unprepared for it. We can feel quite disorientated when change is unexpected, and it can produce physical reactions we may feel we have little control over.

Facing unplanned change with a prepared mind helps to re-orientate life even when it seems to be out of our control. If we accept that change is inevitable, we see sense in thinking about and preparing to deal with it well ahead of when it happens. It also helps us reflect on how we will deal with our responses when faced with stress and change.

Taking the time to plan and prepare for change is not inviting fate, but facing reality. People who work in occupations that involve dealing with sudden unexpected emergencies are in a state of readiness at all times. They learn to anticipate all possible scenarios by learning how to deal with them before they occur. They learn how to prevent the situation or minimize its harm, and they learn to enact certain actions when these events do occur.

We gain valuable insight into how to prepare for change by learning how to apply their approaches to potential change and stressful situations.

Usually, we prepare for change or potential stresses in one of these ways mentioned above:

1. Firstly, the higher the risk of something happening, the more we should anticipate it likely to happen. People living in areas where there is a high risk of a natural disaster occurring, prepare for its inevitably, by preparing their surroundings each year and psychologically being ready for it.

2. Contrary to people may think, being psychologically prepared for change is possible. Although it is impossible to know what it will be like to face being a parent, for example, we can prepare ourselves by reading and identifying possible areas of concern we may personally face in our new parenting role.

3. We can learn to manage our responses and thoughts in times of minor changes and challenge. As we do this, we are providing ourselves with invaluable training. Learning how to deal with the many small challenges and changes we face daily, will help us to develop the skills to deal with the unexpected major ones.

Please remember that, no one is ever going to carry your overloaded emotional and mental baggage. You only have to find a way to reduce it.

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With love and respect,

Tunde