We live in a world where it is almost impossible to keep yourself away from pressure. On our day-to-day basis, we encounter situations that require us to keep a level-headed mind in order to deal with it or else, it becomes very easy to go over the edge. We bring you 11 ways that can help you tackle those demanding situations.
Do you ever find yourself in situations where all you want is to curl up in a ball and disappear? For an average human, the scenarios where he or she feels overburdened and stressful is rapidly increasing in the fast-paced world. You can easily find yourself in situations that are just too much for your brain to handle and at those moments, most of us lose our grips.
Find your balance
Life is like a tightrope. It is easy to lose your balance but as soon as you find yourself drifting off, you regain your composure, align yourself, and start again. Proportion your priorities, goals, and aspirations and divide your efforts to achieve those, one step at a time.
Indulge in physical activities
Stressful situations increase the level of adrenaline and cortisol that are the hormones our body releases under pressure situations to avoid immediate bodily harm. It is found that engaging yourself in physical activities like going for a quick walk or run, participating in any sports activities, workout etc can reduce your stress and make you feel fresher than before.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
Avoid or reduce alcohol and nicotine consumption in order to lead a less stressful life. Alcohol increases depression hormones in your body when taken in larger quantities. The consumption of alcohol in stressful situations ultimately makes you sadder. Swap alcohol with herbal tea or fruit juices with the aim to keep yourself hydrated and this will enable your body to cope better with stress.
Get more sleep
It is easier said than done but getting more sleep or fixing your sleep cycle can ultimately lead to a relaxed mind. Instead of relying on medications and unnatural methods to obtain sleep, try relaxing your mind by reading books or listening to music. Stop doing any tedious task before going to bed to bring your mind at peace. Avoid coffees at the evening or before going to bed. You should aim at going to sleep every day at a regular time so that your body can adjust itself to the clock.
Get perspective and look at the bigger picture
Stress is often caused when we think too much and over analyse a situation in a way that is starts to take a toll on us. The key to remaining calm during situations like these is to question yourself if that particular problem will matter to us later in life. The key is to remind yourself how unimportant that situation will be to you in the coming time period. Constantly reminding yourself of the problem will eventually lead to deterioration but if you are able to fool your brain into believing that the situation won’t matter to you in the future then you would be able to function better and find solutions more quickly.
Keep a diary
There are situations in each of our lives when talking to someone is not always ideal or possible. There are times when you feel so vulnerable that all you want is for someone to listen to you without having any judgements build up in their minds about you. While talking to someone is highly recommended when dealing with stressful situations, there are times when all you have to do is sit and get your pen down frustration or stress out. For this, maintain a journal or a diary. Write down what you feel during any situation. This way, you’d be able to let out all your thoughts without being vulnerable in front of anybody. Keeping a record of your daily happenings and writing is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety.
Take control of situations
Stress often comes from situations that on a surface may seem impossible to solve. Writing down different solutions to the problem and figuring out the apt one is how you can avoid clashing with your thoughts. Once you feel on top of your problems and start developing your problem-solving skills, you can begin to feel less stressed out.
It’s okay to say no
Keep reminding your brain that it’s okay to not agree on things. You can dismiss tasks that you don’t feel comfortable doing. There is no point in landing up in situations that ultimately cause you stress and anxiety. This technique will also help to boost your self-confidence and self-worth.
Manage your time
Make a schedule for your all the work you have planned for the day. And keep checking out the things you have done and circle the activities that are left. That way, you’ll be more aware of what you are doing and will eventually make you feel on top of things.
Yoga is considered to be the ultimate cure of stress. Works even better than many medications, it helps to better your blood flow naturally and makes your body flexible. Doing yoga for 30 minutes every morning can not only improve your mind activities but can also do wonders for your health problems.
Detox from technology
It has been observed that the longer time you spend connected to the internet or on your phones, the more stressful and anxious you get. Give your mind a break and disconnect yourself from technology for a while whenever you feel stressed. Recoup yourself and then start again slowly.
It is difficult to measure how stressful one’s life can be and ultimately it is impossible to be fully free from stress. As long as you’re alive and functioning, there will always be situations that can take a toll on your mind. The key is to maintain your composure and not let your stress take the best of you.