Six best stress-management techniques to get you through the day

Life tends to get stressful especially in today’s times when we have so much to do. Getting overwhelmed is expected when you are juggling work, family, friends and your personal life. Due to all these reasons, you can become extremely busy and stressed out and your health (both: physical and mental) can suffer to a great extent.  

Learning how to manage stressful situations can be an especially valuable life skill and here are some ways you can manage your stress levels:

1. Deep Breathing

Taking a pause, every now and then, and taking some deep breaths can immediately take away the pressure that you may be feeling. It may also surprise you that you will feel even more better as you keep practicing and get good at it. Here are the steps you can follow

• Sit in a relaxed position: you could sit on a mat on the floor with your back against the wall and feet crossed with hands in your lap or you could also sit on a chair that you find comfortable.

• Close your eyes gently, without forcing.

• Imagine yourself to be in a peaceful place. It could be anything from a beach, a huge green field or the mountains – it just has to be a place that brings serenity to you.

• Take deep breaths in and out and do this for about 7 to 10 minutes, at a time.

2. Eat a balanced diet

Eating well and in a regular manner will help you feel better about yourself. A balanced diet may also control your mood fluctuations. Include lean protein, whole grains, vegetables and some amount of fat in your daily diet. This will help you to receive all the essential nutrients and keep your energy levels balanced throughout the day. Not just this, eating a balanced diet can help to keep your mood well-adjusted. Also, do not skip meals as it is not good for your body and can actually increase your stress levels.

3. Slow down and take a break

Life in the modern times is extremely busy and demanding. And it is for this very reason, that you must take the time to slow down and take some chill out. Take a good look at how you spend your days and find small ways to slow things down.

You can also plan out some idle time for yourself which will help you take your mind off the stressful life situation that you are in. It may sound difficult to do at first, but if you give it enough time, you will realise  that you are actually looking forward to these times. You can meditate, take a yoga class, join a hiking or trekking group, listen to your favourite music, spend some time close to nature and you can even pray.

4. Make some time for your hobbies and interests

Your stress levels can be gotten under control if you take some time every day to do something that you enjoy doing. It does not have to be huge amount of time, as little as 15 minutes to 30 minutes a day can do the trick. Taking out the time to do something that makes you feel good can help you to feel better and relieve your stress. Some ideas include reading, watching a TV show or movie, playing a sport, doing something creative, solving puzzles and playing some indoor games/ board games.

5. Express yourself about what is bothering you

Talking about something that is troubling or worrying you. Doing so can help reduce your stress levels. You can talk about the issue with any one you feel comfortable with: your family, friends, a doctor or even a therapist.

Sometimes talking to yourself can also help you. It is called ‘self-talk’ and we all indulge in it. All you need to be sure about is that you do not involve yourself in negative self-talk as it can do more harm to your state of mind.

Pay attention to what you are thinking and talking to yourself about, especially when you feel stressed out. If you are in a negative mode, try changing your auto-talk to a more positive one. If this does not seem possible in the moment, at least remind yourself to not be negative which only makes things worse for you.

6. Be gentle with yourself

Realise that you are not perfect and as hard as you try, you cannot control most things in your life. Extend the kindness that you do to others, you your own self.

Additionally, keep your sense humour alive. Studies show that laughter helps you feel relaxed and goes a long way to reduce stress levels that you experience.

You can try out these methods to help reduce your stress levels and see what really works for you. Once you find out what works for you, you could do it periodically to keep stress levels under control.

 
Juhi Jaiswal
Writer, Teacher, and Psychologist

Juhi Jaiswal identifies herself as a rat-race dropout and a chai drinker who finds comfort in rains, dogs and hugs. She considers herself as a full-time philosopher,  an experimental cook and a feminist. Juhi is qualified to be a psychologist but decided to be a writer and teacher. She believes that life’s utter meaninglessness is exactly what makes it so precious.

 

Juhi Jaiswal
Writer, Teacher, and Psychologist

Juhi Jaiswal identifies herself as a rat-race dropout and a chai drinker who finds comfort in rains, dogs and hugs. She considers herself as a full-time philosopher,  an experimental cook and a feminist. Juhi is qualified to be a psychologist but decided to be a writer and teacher. She believes that life’s utter meaninglessness is exactly what makes it so precious.

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