Six Simple Ways of Dealing with Stress

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Six Simple Ways of Dealing with Stress

There are times in our lives when stress gets its grip on us, disturbs our peace of mind, throws us out of gear and impairs our lifestyle. But, then, there are ways by which we can keep stress under control.

Let me introduce you to our guest author Mark, who has graduated from college about a year ago. Having been through some stressful periods there, especially during the finals, he wants to raise awareness about stress and how to handle it. In this post, Mark tells us about stress, how it manifests, the different types of stress, and finally how to deal with it.

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What is stress?

Stress is a natural reaction of our body to a demanding situation. When stressed, the body prepares itself for a quick response and switches to a “fight or flight” mode, In the process, it releases stress hormones and chemicals that prepare the body to cope with the perceived threat. This results in a number of reactions and changes in the body functions, such as an increase in heartbeat, palpitation, nausea, or increase in blood pressure. It is a natural process which explains why we feel different when we are in stressful situations. 

Causes of Stress

Situations that cause stress are called stressors. Stressors can be things as simple as a disruption in your routine, to more complicated things like relocation, financial problems, demands in the work environment, illness, troubled relationships, loss of job, the loss of a loved one, or the lack of social interaction.

Not every stress is bad though. Sometimes, mild bouts of stress actually enhance and improve cognitive brain function. Such stress is called ‘good stress’ or ‘Eustress.’ It manifests itself for a short period and provides the motivation to work towards a goal or to overcome a challenge.

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Break the Worry before it breaks you

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.  ~ Alain de Botton

We know that some people have a naturally strong mental built, and there are others who are inclined to worry more.

While each individual, in any capacity, needs to cope with anxiety, but the ability to overcome anxiety is absolutely essential for any leadership role. During prolonged  periods of uncertainty, leaders must manage their own anxiety as well as the anxiety of their team.

Anxiety may be due to various reasons ranging from environmental factors, to medical condition, to genetic conditions or substance abuse or due to a combination of these factors.

Each of us would have experienced those moments, when we felt our palpitation going up, a strange churning in the stomach, or sweat on the brow just before an important meeting, or an exam, or before getting a medical report, or on any other occasion.

Whatever be the reason for anxiety, it depletes a person of his/her strength.

  • Continued anxiety causes excessive worry.
  • You suffer from a victim mentality and believe that nothing ever works for you;
  • You are restless most of the time, feel irritable at the slightest provocation.
  • Your concentration suffers and sleep is disturbed and as a result you tire yourself out very easily.

Those with an anxious disposition, can blame it on their mental constitution, their genes, their fate or can work upon it.

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