When asked, people often say that they cannot do anything about the stress they have, they say that there is no way out. The bills wont stop, your responsibilities towards family and the accountability at workplace will always be demanding, You will never have more than 24 hours in a day. But trust me you surely have more control over stress than you might think.
But before we move ahead with this I would like to tell you that, stress isn’t always bad. Stress within your comfort zone can enhance your performance, it can motivate you to do your best even under pressure. But when stress becomes overwhelming, it can damage your health, mood, productivity, relationships, and your quality of life.
Managing stress is actually possible if you take charge of whatever is yours, if you take charge of your thoughts, emotions, lifestyle and the way you tackle a situation. You got to believe the fact that no matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.
Remember, the moment you feel like the stress in your life is out of control, it’s time to take action. There are ways to cope up with stress that can help you turn down its harmful effects. You need to realize the fact that you have control over your emotions, thoughts and your life as a whole. Stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation.
All you gotta do is to recognize the real source of stress that you feel. To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses. Sometimes it’s not what we think that causes stress, but how we deal with that makes a difference. For example, you may know that you’re worried about work deadlines, but maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that is causing the stress. What causes your stress overload depends, at least in part, on your perception of it. Perceptions plays an important role here. Something that’s stressful to you may not faze someone else; they may even enjoy it.
Tips for recognizing when you’re stressed:
Quieten down the voice that’s telling you, “Oh, I’m fine.” Notice the change in your breathing, feel how it has changed. Look out for your muscles, are they tense? The more aware you are of the changes your physical body experiences in response to the stress, the more helpful it will be to regulate the tension as and when it occurs.
You must have noticed that, when you’re tired, you feel heaviness on your eyes and you might take a head rest. You laugh easily when you are happy from within. Your body has an ability to tell you that you are stressed. You need to understand the signals sent by your physical body to your nervous system and should develop a habit of paying attention to your body’s clues.
- Observe your muscles and insides. Are your muscles tight/sore? Is your stomach tight or sore? Are your hands clenched?
- Observing Your breathing pattern: Is your breath shallow? Place one hand on your belly, the other on your chest. Watch your hands rise and fall with each breath. Notice when you breathe fully or when you “forget” to breathe.