The disturbing fact reveals itself with survey reports claiming 3 out of 4 professionals suffering from high stress level of 5.4 out of 10, where researchers consider maximum of 3.5 to be normal.
Alarming it is!
Prolonged exposure to stressful situations often depletes vital resources in the mind and body, causing permanent damage in the human body. Insomnia, panic attack, drastic weight loss, hypertension, fatigue, severe headaches, mood swings, depression, suicidal tendency, among others have almost become a common phenomenon among all age groups.
At a time when everyone is grappling to strike the right cord at work-life balance, it is not surprising to see stress and anxiety becoming seemingly inseparable facts of life. It’s time that we acknowledge the need for holistic stress management before the situation exacerbates further and reaches a point of no return.
Here are some expert tips on stress-management to help you deal with anxiety.
Good vibes only!
It may always seem that things are going haywire and nothing can be done. If you feel that way, know that you’re not alone. Just breathe and allow such thoughts to pass away as you exhale! Drift your thoughts mindfully towards positivity. The power of positive thinking can bring wonders to your outlook and mental health. Just try.
Sweat it out!
Stop making excuses and get yourself to go outdoors or do anything that raises your heartbeat. Jogging, meditation, aerobics, Pilates, power boxing, yoga; do anything that excites you and more important be consistent. About 40-45 mins of low-intensity working 4-5 times a week should be a good starting point. Flexing only your brain muscles will do you no good.
Do some math!
Being pragmatic with your life-plans can save you plenty of heartaches arising out of unwanted instabilities. Yes, there is no harm is setting a road map, but do not get too carried away; be flexible and make timely changes. Embrace the uncertainties of life, improvise and get moving.
It’s ME time!
Take out your old guitar from the attic; pull out your roller skates; or polish your culinary skills! It’s time to go back to what you love doing. Make time for things that bring an effortless smile to your face and be amazed by the difference it makes to your life.
Monotony can be a difficult habit to get rid of, considering its penchant for hampering your mindset and quality of work. Under performance can cause irritation and affect your personal life as well. Plan vacations whenever possible, devoting time to rejuvenate yourself, and get back in the game.
It’s never too late to ask for help. Try to get to the root cause of your stress, understand your inner troubles and their impact on your psyche and know where to draw the line.
You don’t have to do all things at once, on your own. You don’t need to be a superman when you don’t need to. More importantly, know that there’s no shame in seeking professional counseling, when necessary.
With such simple yet effective ways of stress-management, there is no stopping to discovering a new YOU. Be more productive, cheerful and stress-free.