How to make your tomorrow less stressful


Stress management is the key to a happy, successful and fulfilling life. "I am so stressed out?" Do you hear yourself utter those words? This guide on how to deal with stress shows you simple techniques to fight stress. Practice these stress relieving methods for a stress-free life.

Stress, that one in thing in our lives that is kind of pervasive. It steps into our lives, silently, uninvited. And, once it's there, it makes a permanent residence. Eviction seems like an unlikely proposition. You kind of resign yourself to the stresses of life. It's part and parcel of the game – or is it?

My two pieces of gyan are that stress is not real, it is something of our own making. We create stress and then lament that life isn't fair. I believe in the simple rule that if you want to make tomorrow less stressful, then you need to start working on a solution today. Yes, you can get rid of stress, but you need to plan ahead. Everything in life reacts to a strategy, recognize what works against your stress and you've figured it out.



Are you stressed – let's find out

You perhaps don't realise how stressed you are, when you mechanically respond to a 'How are you?' with an 'I'm fine'. It's what you are expected to say; no one wants to hear of your woes. Though that's just one side of it, the fact of the matter is that you believe that you are fine. You don't have the nerve to admit that you are stressed. You are perhaps unaware that you are stressed.

Sounds crazy, right, but that's how most individuals run their lives. They live on an auto-pilot mode and just go through the motions. Let's do a reality check, let's see how many boxes you tick –
  • Does sleep evade you?
  • Are you restless at night?
  • Do you have weight issues?
  • Are you always down with some bug?
  • Do you suffer from headaches and unexplained aches and pains?
  • Do you have recurrent digestive issues?
  • Do you experience panic attacks (mild ones qualify too) and anxiety?
  • Is your libido on an all-time low?
  • Do you go through mood swings?
  • Do you have food cravings especially for sweet foods?

If you experience more than one of these symptoms then you probably are stressed out. If you know what's good for you, you would know that being stressed is really bad. It's bad for your physical and mental health. It's bad for your social life and it's bad for your professional life. You have a lot at stake and stress is something that could be holding you back in more ways than you know.

Your poor health could be your body's reaction to stress. Your poor libido could be related to stress. Your foggy mind, your short temper, your slack work all could be because of too much stress. Imagine trying to work on a project when you are sleep-deprived. You'd face brain fog, and your performance would be similar to working after having one too many to drink. You suffer from poor judgement, your problem-solving abilities diminish, your mind just blanks out, you cannot focus and it all happens because you are tired and stressed.

Do you notice the impact that one little trigger can have on your body, on so many different levels? It affects you mentally and physiologically and can ruin your efficiency and block your creativity. And the impact doesn't stop at that, it has an adverse effect on your career. You can miss that promotion or not receive the pay hike.

Eliminate stress, don't fight it

Stop being super-human and try and cope with all the pressures and stress life throws at you. Stress needs to be eliminated and it can be done by practising this simple formula. You will be able to keep your stress levels in check, with a little practice. I call it the 'stitch in time saves nine' formula. Just like throwing the garbage out each day stops it from rotting inside, the same way dealing with stress gives a release to your anxieties and keeps them from building up into a monster.

Let's introduce you to techniques that you can practice starting today, so your tomorrow is a lot less stressful.

Release repressed emotions

Pent-up emotions are damaging. They just stay and create an environment for stress to feed on. Let go of all your bottled-up emotions and see how light and relaxed you will feel. They say that shouting and screaming can quell anger. You need a similar channel to vent those stress-causing emotions. So when you get home from work, make time to do something that can act as a catalyst to calm and soothe your stressed nerves. Different people find different ways to relieve stress – you need to find what suits your personality.

I can suggest some activities, but feel free to choose something entirely different. It has to be something that you are comfortable doing and that which gives you inner peace.
  • Play a sport
  • Swim
  • Run
  • Read a book
  • Paint
  • Punch a bag
  • Hit the gym
  • Listen to music
  • Sing out aloud

Once you indulge in an activity that relieves stress, you'll notice how invigorating it really is. Stress-relieving activities are an instant perk up. You can feel the unseen weight that you bring home from work, just melt away and the stage gets set for a more relaxed tomorrow. So make it a point to unwind each night before you hit the bed. It's the recharge that your body needs, at the end of each stressful workday.



Begin with an empowering message

Start your day on the right note. Don't begin your day feeling dull, dowdy and despondent. It's a new day and let it be a day of new beginnings. Remind yourself of that before you get trapped in the work grind. When you wake up each morning, reassure yourself that you will remain positive throughout the day, no matter what happens. That you will not allow circumstances to take charge of you.

A good way to start your day is to do something that pumps the feel-good emotions in you. A morning jog, a session of yoga, maybe Pilates or kickboxing – these physical activities, especially endurance related ones, release endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Your day will go smoothly when you allow the body's own mechanism to work.

Make a mental note of one very powerful message, which is, that you cannot control how others behave, that you have absolutely no control over that. However, you are in charge of yourself and you can control how you deal with situations. The choices you make, the responses you give, the thoughts in your head, and all your actions are under your control. Choose to react wisely, and you will make sanity your best friend. Choose to lose your cool and you'll allow stress to overpower you.

It's all in your hands, you can either fume in anger at a situation or stay calm, clear your head and remain unperturbed. It is so easy to bottle up negative emotions, but remember they also cause the most damage. Learn to release those emotions, always remain in charge and you will be a better person.

Pep up breaks are important

The simplest way to cope with the pressures that lead to stress is by taking breaks in between your tight schedule. Just a few minutes, every few hours, or after a stressful interaction or situation, can work like magic. Take a short walk, away from everything, preferably outside, in the balcony or the lawns and take a few deep breaths. Feel the air inflate your lungs and then release the air slowly, feeling it flow out of you. Repeat this a few times and you'll feel the stress leave you.

This simple technique is recommended by experts; deep breaths lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and immediately make you feel better. Breathing exercises drop anxiety levels. It is one of the finest techniques to fight stress. Practice it and you'll be able to function better while at work.



Walk through your day

Before the day ends, make a mental inventory of what happened at work. A quick recap of what happened. Focus on yourself and your reactions, not on what the others did and said. Analyse what you did and how it made you feel. It will give you an insight into why you become stressed. You will realise that the way you react to situations decides whether you become stressed or not. Stuff happens, but you must learn to stay calm. No point letting it affect you in a negative way. You don't stand to gain anything.

If you find yourself stressed, release those stressful emotions, as explained at the beginning of this piece. The simple practices will clear out pent up emotions and give you a clear head. And when that happens, you'll be able to have a good night's nap, freed of apprehension and pessimism. And you'll wake up feeling fresh and good about yourself.

Irritating things are one of the main constituents of life. You will face the drama every day, but put to practice these stress-management lessons and see yourself succeed. Begin today, don't wait for all the stress-induced stuff to hit you. Take cautionary measures and keep stress out of your life. You will soon learn to manage stress like a pro, and when that happens, you'll find yourself more energised and happier. Allow your dynamism to shine through don't allow stress and negative emotions to overshadow it.


Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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Comments

Author: K Mohan16 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Very useful article from the author which emphasis on leading a normal life and being away from stressful period.Normally the next day becomes more challenging if the present day goes haywire with lots of up and downs. In that case there would be fear feeling facing the next day and that would prove more stressful. Any work must be interesting to do and that should give lots of satisfaction, then only stress would fly away and every day would be fruitful.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha17 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

The unnecessary stress can be alleviated with the change of our thoughts. Every issues can be tackled with the practical steps taken by the individuals. Any physical - ailment troubling one cannot be categorised as the permanent one for example take the digestive - disorder, Insomnia, Diabetes and so on. These can be tackled with the slight modifications in our own styles. Mind it stress is further compounded with the negative emotions and preoccupation of such negativity can multiply the disorder.
The best recourse would be to go through the life - histories of great Heroes like Shivajees, Swami Vivekanand, Raja Ram Mohan Roy etc to revitalise your energy and such indulgence may help you in reversing your negative thoughts thereby shedding your stress.



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