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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How can you tell if you are too stressed?

Some of the most common symptoms of bad stress are frustration, alienation from friends and family, eating too much (or too little), irritability, fighting with others for no reason, low concentration and inability to focus or even to think straight. Each of these symptoms prevents you from giving your 100% to anything that you do.

There are people who are more resilient to stress than others. However, when a prolonged build-up of stress is not addressed or relieved, it can lead to a breakdown of both physical and mental health, thus decreasing the quality of life.

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Stress Management: Good Stress vs Bad Stress

The moment you are feeling jumpy, nervous or anxious you know that you are under stress. Once you understand the kind of stress that you are experiencing it becomes easier to fight stress.

But it is not always easy to tell apart good stress from bad stress.

Since every human being is different, the reaction one has to the stress is different. Meeting new people, going to new places, trying out new things or speaking in a public forum might be interesting and exciting for one person but these could be extremely stressful for another. Similarly, an activity that appears interesting at one point to a person may appear stressful at some other time to the same person.

If an activity or maybe a deadline makes you feel enthused, focussed and motivated, it is probably good stress. If it makes you feel tired, worn out it is probably bad stress.  The key is to eliminate bad stress as much as possible.

Here are some of the things you can do to lower your level of bad stress.

Coping with Stress

  • Try to organize your day (or even two) in advance so you will have control on your time and you will feel better.
  • Find some activities which can relax you. Sports are the most common anti-stress therapies because you spend negative energy. Exercise also helps to reduce stress hormones, improve mood and boost energy.
  • If you are not a fan of sports or exercise, you can try out relaxation techniques like yoga, breathing exercises, meditation or visualization.
  • Find a good book to read or movie to watch, or listen to music, anything that can keep your focus away from the problem.
  • Spend time with your friends and family. I know that it doesn’t seem like a good idea when you are stressed, but it is exactly what you have to do. Reach out to your friends, hang out with them, enjoy a good cup of tea, grab a beer and play on the foosball table. Remember all the crazy things you did when you were in college and I promise you, you will have a good laugh… It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are having fun and you are not alone with your thoughts.
  • When you are already feeling tense or overwhelmed, you may want to avoid certain social situations or people that will further increase your stress levels,

Remember, stress is around us and we can’t do much by ignoring it, but we can do a lot by releasing stress through different methods which will instantly make you feel better.

Finally, I have summed it up this infographic :

How To Manage Stress How to manage stress

 

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This post and infographic about stress have been contributed by Mark, who writes on Foosball Zone

 

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  • This is such an important post in today’s climate.. And I know only too well the effects of not seeing the Signs in time..
    Wonderful tips and good pointers here Somali..
    I could have done with reading this years ago.. :-) lol..
    Sending LOVE and Hope all is well with you. :-)

  • I always remember the fun moments with friends in college that makes me smile and yoga has been very helpful since I am bad at stress management.

  • Stress is so omnipresent these days I wonder where have the good old days gone. Even little kids are stressed to a point. i guess it has got to do with the fast life in cities which is not restricted to just metros. Somali, your pointers for de-stressing are quite good. I too believe a little planning and organizing does reduce stress for me.

  • Stress seems to be synonymous with life in the modern competitive world in which chasing some goal is considered to be more important than health. The endless race raises stress levels to alarming proportions! This post is spot on Somali. Thanks for sharing the tips, they could be very helpful in dealing with this monster.

    • So very true, Balroop, and so strange too. Maybe because we are made to chase goals and also sometimes we derive a greater satisfaction from chasing goals that it becomes more important than health, and increase the stress levels. Thank you very much for bringing out this obvious but ignored perspective.

  • Stress has become an unavoidable thing in our life :-( While each one has their own way to cope with it, these simple tips by Mark could be of great help in general. Thanks to him and thanks to you too for the hosting… :-)

    • Thank you Maniparna. Yes it is a very relevant theme and I liked the way Mark approached the subject as well as the infographic. He had written it mainly from a student’s perspective, though later he made it more generic,

  • Somali a great post and in today’s time, it is a must reading for all. We all are under some stress and there are so many things happening around us, we can do little to avoid it but we need to face and face it bravely and turn it on our side. This is possible when we accept the reality and the challenges that keep coming at us. The spectrum is big and from career to finance to family to finance to health, we are constantly confronting the new set of demands and never easy to address it the way it comes our away, we need to be careful and we need to be creative in managing the situations and not allowing it to add to our stress level.

    Just like good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, you have in a very nice way presented the aspects of good stress and bad stress, and indeed many times we need to have a small doze of good stress to shake us up from our slumber or comfort zone and get us going, and it is important as so rightly highlighted by you to know how to differentiate between the two. Span of attention has drastically reduced and patience level has depleted and anger has become more predominate in our repository and we have become reactive to even small irritates and we commit impulsive mistake and then we regret, and as beautifully pointed out there are many things that we can do to mitigate our stress level and also program our day and work so as to have cushion in place to absorb some of those unwarranted stress that keep creeping in daily life. Life and stress have become integral to our lifestyle…

    The increasing demand in life and the rising aspirations to expanding lifestyle we are constantly on the hammer and we need to keep ourselves flexible enough to abolish such shocks and respond to uncertainly and unpredictability that is setting the stress zone.

    Thanks Somali for such an informative and timely post, I was badly in need of it.
    Have lovely weekend.
    :D

    • Thank you very much Nihar for your wonderful take on the subject, as always. Indeed, there are so many factors and variables beyond our control that we get stressed out every day or the other. Then there are expectations to be met including expectations from self. Too much of stress reduces productivity while too no stress may cause complacency. I wish there was a quick way to regulate the stress levels. Since there is none so far, it is following these simple ways of coping with stress is advisable. :-)

      • Yes, Somali there is so much invasion of technology in our life, I wonder sometime we shall have an App to tell us the stress level and also the type of stress and as I imagine everything is happening around and our assumptions are just going out of window. Both are going to co-exist i.e. increasing stress and more technology, the art of balancing will be key to the art of living..
        Thanks so much and have a lovely day ahead.
        :D

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