Simply put… Stress is a normal part of every day life, and is a physical, mental and behavioral reaction to perceived and real demands and threats.
Stress is a part of life and experiencing some amount of it in life is protective and adaptive. Daily real Stress has the capacity to make our minds and bodies prepare us for life challenges. It gives us tools to address the different issues in the time of crisis.
But when this Stress (Eustress) escalates, it becomes difficult to handle, destructiveness sets in and leads to damaging Stress (Distress). In damaging Stress (Distress) mode the body keeps producing cortisol “the stress hormone”, keeping the senses in fight or flight mode, inhibiting the smooth functioning of bodily functions, and keeping one emotionally and mentally “on the edge.”
This relentless Stress damages the endocrine health and can make one lose connection with self and make one emotionally, mentally and bodily non functional, thereby causing to lose the will and strength to face life.
The key to any kind of “Stress Management” is to keep re-conditioning and to keep shifting the Brain Set Point by working on the voluntary personal actions and fulfillments.
Stress Management: 15 tips to Manage, Reduce and Eliminate Stress…
1. Meditation: 30+ minutes of daily Meditation can help overcome Stress and help change perspective.
2. Breath and Stress are interconnected: Stress can be overcome by bringing the Breath back into a Diaphragmatic Sine-Wave Breathing pattern.
3. Laughter Yoga: Do something fun and enjoyable OR simply practice laughter yoga for at least 15 minutes everyday. Laughter yoga has been scientifically proven to reduce Stress chemicals in the body.
4. Practice Yoga Asana: Practice Yoga Asana for at least 30 minutes everyday. Hatha yoga reduces perceived stress and negative affect and balances the cortisol “stress chemical” levels in the brain.
5. Learn to relax: Develop a regular relaxation routine like yoga, yoga nidra, meditation, or some simple quiet time.
6. Get regular exercise: It is a great way to take time for you, blow off steam, and release tension.
7. Find a support system: Sometimes we just need to “vent” or get something “off our chest.”
8. Change your attitude: “Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it”. See if this is the case with you…
9. Be realistic: Find the courage to accept your limits.
10. Get organized and take charge: Plan your time, make a schedule and establish your priorities. Take responsibility for your life. Be proactive. Focus on Problem solving and look for solutions rather than worry.
11. Know the importance of “me time”: Take 10 minutes break for every 2 hours. Know your “red flags” for stress and be willing to take time to do something about them.
12. Take good care of yourself: Paradoxically, the time we need to take care of ourselves the most, when we are stressed, is the time we do it the least address it.
13. Learn to say “NO”: Saying “NO” is liberating. Saying “no” does not mean you are self-centered and/or uncaring.
14. Get a hobby, do something different: A hobby helps you tap into the inner child hidden under the layers, it helps you connect to SELF. A hobby helps De-stress.
15. Slow down: Take the time you need to do a good job. Poorly done tasks can lead to mistakes, poor performance AND added stress.
Why do we “Stress”?
1. 90% of the times we perceive the situation to be dangerous, difficult and painful. And we perceive we don’t have the resources to cope with it.
2. 10% of the situations are in-fact Dangerous.
Whatever be your reasons or situation, it is important to remember the above mentioned points to be able to pause… to help yourself DeStress from Distress.