Are you constantly under pressure to meet deadlines? Is the daily routine of getting the kids to school and taking care of the home getting on your nerve? Are the constant pressures involved in modern day living making you feel more and more drained out? Are you falling sick and popping pills all the time? If your answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative, then the chances are that you are under excessive stress. Effective management of stress is essential to prevent it from causing further physical and psychological harm. This article will suggest five very effective ways to deal with stress on a daily basis.
Stress is the body’s response to a physical, psychological or spiritual demand placed by external sources. Not all stress is bad, however. In fact, stress in small doses is essential for us to perform under pressure and meet challenges. It motivates us to give our best in all situations. It helps us stay alert, energetic and focused and may actually save our life in emergency situations. But when it goes beyond a point, it begins to negatively affect our health, our mood, our relationships and our productivity. So what can we do to make sure that our stress levels stay under control? Here are five ways which we can practice regularly to keep our stress under control:
* Smile to deal with stress – Remember how a small joke by a friend actually makes your stress level go down? So do something that makes you smile and laugh. Share your funny memories of the day with your family. Watch your favorite sitcom. Or read a funny book. Do anything that genuinely brings a smile on your face. Even 90 seconds of smiling and laughter can drastically bring down your stress levels.
* Deep breathing to reduce your stress – Excessive stress leads to quick and shallow breathing. Deep breathing will help restore your breathing pattern and make you feel calmer. So just sit straight or lie down on the bed. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Even ten deep breaths will reduce the stress and you will feel much more relaxed, calm, focused and alert.
* Massage yourself to get rid of the excessive stress – Just imagine how your shoulders, neck and head feel when you are under stress. Massaging them with your finger tips will help in reducing the tension in these aching and tense muscles. Begin with the forehead by massaging it with a gentle downward motion. Gently place your palms on your eyes to ease the tension in the area. Massage your ear lobes. Massage your neck and shoulders with a circular and downward motion. Massaging the tense muscles will only take a couple of minutes. But these two minutes will help release the tiredness and stress in your body and at the same time make your feel energized.
* Listen to music to get rid of stress – Music can calm you. Music can relax you. Music can energize you. Music can help you get back to your daily routine with enthusiasm. Yes, indeed we are all aware of the magic of music. So try and spend a few minutes listening to your favorite music. If you are at work and there is no option available, then just hum a few lines to yourself. Two minutes of humming to your favorite song and you will feel the difference.
* Daydream to manage stress – Unpleasant and stressful thoughts lead to anxiety. Pleasant and happy thoughts release the anxiety. This is why a little bit of daydreaming does not harm anyone. So take a couple of minutes, close your eyes and let your mind wander to happier times. Think about that enjoyable holiday which you have planned for the weekend. Or just think about that party your attended last night. Two minutes of daydreaming and you will begin to feel that nothing is beyond you.
These five easy ways to deal with stress can be used anywhere and any time. And remember it may not always be possible to avoid a stressful situation. But you can always choose to respond to every stressful situation in a positive way. So don’t allow a situation to get out of hand. Don’t allow your stress to go out of control. Respond to stress in a positive way. And use the above ways to relax, calm yourself and effectively manage your stress.