Stress can result in anger, anxiety, fear, nervousness, mood swings, lethargy, procrastination or loss of self esteem. Very few are blessed with the knack of converting stressful moments into moments of creativity, growing beyond challenges and self discovery. One thing is certain though, stress has become a part of our life – across ages, gender, professions. All of us are continuously finding new ways to combat this stress. I did a quick check – I asked 25 people what they do to tackle stress. Everyone has their own way to de-stress. Taking into account everyone’s answers, I would like to share 4 things you can do to combat stress
Observe your breath when you are calm and when you are stressed. You are most likely to be breathing heavily and frequently when faced with stress. To come back to your normal state, you will have to consciously breathe deep and slowly. Inhale to count of five and exhale to count of five. 5 deep breaths do the trick! This is the simplest thing one can do. There are many breathing techniques one can use to calm down or boost energy but these are best learnt under professional guidance. Enroll in a pranayam class today!
It’s very important to encourage yourself when you feel stressed. To begin with accept that our stress is caused by us. Believe that if we can lead ourselves to a stressful position, we can certainly lead our self to a cheerful state. Enforcing positive thoughts builds higher capability to handle the stress. Any discouraging words can derail you from your combat track. Be open to advice – accept that when we are stressed we can’t think straight. In such a scenario encourage yourself to take advice rather than being stubborn. Say the following out “aloud” 3 times
- I am capable
- I can do it
- I am ready to take advice to handle the situation
At ease does it:
Being at ease will help you get out of any stressful situation quickly. Ever faced a situation where you are stressed to reach work on time and are unable to find your keys? You look everywhere but are unable to find the bunch. Just at that point your mom/dad/sibling/spouse calmly hands them over and says that the keys were found at the same place you were searching. Fascinating they could find it and you could not! A basic difference – They were at ease while you were under stress. A relaxed or calm effort will produce desired results.
Have you experienced a situation where you worked very hard at finding a solution but the solution came to you the moment you stopped trying? Giving yourself a break helps in making way for the solutions to come to you. Here is a list of various things you can do to regain focus. I am sure there are many more you can think of.
- Have a glass of water
- Take a power nap
- Do some stretches
- Have cup of green tea
- Read your favorite book
- Listen to your favorite song
- Go for a walk
- Say a prayer
- Ride that bike
Do anything that makes you happy without evil side effects (avoid caffeine, alcohol, excessive sweets). Time out should re charge your mind and body to tackle the stress.
The truth is all of us know how to combat stress but very often forget to apply in real time situation. Next time you face stress just remember to BEAT it 🙂