Here Are 7 Tips Which Will Help You Overcome Stress
Stress is killing the modern man. Over 40% of the world’s population is afflicted with this problem, which is silent, and deadly. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.
The symptoms of stress are often normal, and are thus not noticed before it’s too late. Some of them are moodiness, frustration, low self-esteem, loneliness, and worthlessness. Physical symptoms include a lack of energy, headaches, insomnia and stomach aches.
If left untreated for very long, stress can even cause major health problems, such as stomach ulcers, severe panic attacks, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, and even a heart attack.
So, it is clear that stress is a dangerous problem, which should not be taken lightly. However, what can you do about stress? Doctors often prescribe anti-depressants and some other similar drugs, but they can be expensive, and they often have negative side-effects on the patient. These side-effects, very often, are worse than the original problem itself.
So, here are seven natural ways, in which you can beat stress without any fear of side effects:
Meditation is the easiest and most effective way of reducing stress levels. Meditating for five to ten minutes daily can reduce your levels of stress by a huge amount. To do this, all you have to do is sit cross-legged on the floor, or on a comfortable chair. Place your arms on your thighs. Close your eyes. Now, for a few minutes, try to remove all thoughts from your mind. It’s not as easy as it sounds! Our brain works ceaselessly, and you’ll find it really hard to control your thoughts. But keep trying, and after a few days, you’ll find that you can meditate easily, and the results will be before you.
Hugging or holding loved ones releases ‘happy hormones’ such as oxytocin and serotonin. These are the same hormones which are released when you eat some ice cream, or play with your pet. So, the next time you’re feeling blue, hug your partner for a minute or two. You will feel a lot better.
3.Practise Some Yoga
Yoga practitioners say that practising yoga, along with breathing exercises and forced laughter, helps control stress. So, practise any yoga postures which you feel comfortable doing, take long, deep breaths, and laugh. It doesn’t have to be genuine laughter – if you could find a reason to genuinely laugh, you’d be a lot less stressed. Forced laughter works just as well. Do this for a short while, and you should feel better.
4.Write It Down
If you’re worrying about a problem, writing it down in a diary or journal should help. Focus on the problem and on your writing, and try to write it in as much detail as possible. This way, what you’re doing is sharing your problem. It doesn’t matter if nobody ever reads your diary. This is one of the ways in which your mind can be tricked. Writing makes your brain believe that you’re sharing, and so it makes you feel a lot more relaxed.
Sometimes, simply distracting yourself from the problem at hand may be enough. If you’re a fickle minded person, this will work particularly well for you. It’s not a long-term solution by any means, but if you’re not at home and quickly need to relax, just think about anything else. Look around yourself and think of any object which has nothing to do with the problem. It could be a TV show, a pen stand, a tie, coffee, a cat…anything.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t sing well, because nobody will hear you. If you’re not at home, then go to a secluded spot (if you can), or just stay where you are, and sing in your mind. It doesn’t have to be a song about meditation and yoga and de-stressing. Any song will do. The last time I tried this, I repeated the chorus of “Sleeping Child” in my mind. After five minutes of singing, I was perfectly relaxed, and calm.
Douse yourself in relaxing scents. Burn some incense. Take a warm bath with some lavender extract in it. Or, if you have none of those, simply spray some perfume (which you’re particularly fond of) on yourself, and cover yourself in a blanket. The warmth of the blanket, combined with the scent of the perfume, will have a quick soothing effect.