There’s a bad taste that comes with the word stress. It’s made to sound abnormal; like a disorder. Well, let me break it down for you. It’s perfectly normal.
According to Art of Living Retreat Center, stress refers to a normal, physical or psychological response to the day to day life demands. Stress could be caused by anything; traffic, job, bills, high expectations, or even relationships. When your brain senses a stressor, it signals the body to either flee or fight back.
The body resumes normal operation when the stressor is removed. There’s one unfortunate thing though, due to the hustle and bustle of today’s life, stressors are rapidly increasing. This causes our bodies to work extra hard and as a result, we hardly experience relieve. This could easily cause our system to shut. This is the reason you need to own your stress and manage it effectively.
How do you then manage it? Here are 3 steps to manage stress:
I. Acknowledge It
The pace at which life is moving today, stress is inevitable. You need to accept the fact that managing it is not an event but a lifestyle. Consider what triggers it and become aware of what gives you a heart rush. For instance, it could be exams for a student. It may be fees payment; or the tight schedules.
In order to take charge, take the time to identify any trigger in your life. This will help you in the next step which is to find a strategy to deal with it.
II. Face the Challenges Head On
Sometimes the things that burden us are way beyond us. What do we do in such instances? We let go. Once you do your part, let go of what you cannot handle. Instead, commit to relaxing activities like meditating, exercising, and traveling.
Another great way of managing is taking charge of your day. This is where you choose to eat healthy, plan more, avoid procrastination, delegate when you can. Commit to doing something that will make you feel better. Actively take your mind off the stressor by probably reading an inspirational book. Positive-minded movies can also help to restore peace and calm.
By doing this, you are not only getting relieved but you are pro-actively fighting stress for now and future.
III. Don’t Do It Alone
They say it’s lonely at the top of the ladder but you need someone. Sometimes, many people. Depending on how deeply it hurts, you can opt for a counselor. Getting medical help doesn’t make you less than a hero.
Reach out to family and friends. They don’t have to know every detail of the situation but at least let them be there for you. Surround yourself with shoulders to lean on.
Finally, take time to learn how to manage your stress. This process is not short lived. It’s a lifetime process. Allow yourself to lead a happier, healthier life. Maintain a positive attitude through life’s rough patches. Be your own biggest supporter and know when to say enough is enough.