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How to deal with stress

Stress is a major factor that leads to a host of diseases and problems in our life. Stress can cause many heart problems and high blood pressure and can lead you to death without even realizing it. This is why it is of utmost importance for us to learn some basic steps to deal with stress. Here are five sure way to bust stress from your life.

Exercise

There are many instances in our life that generate stress and these instances are beyond our control in many ways. While we cannot change such episodes, we can help our body cope with stressful situations through regular exercise of the body and mind. Exercise helps in busting the stress hormones from your body and releases endorphins into your brain that acts as a mood enhancer. Exercise also increases our energy and improves our mental alertness and endurance capacity. Incorporating an hour of cardiovascular exercise at least 4 days a week helps in developing our immune system and prevent stress from making our body susceptible to diseases and conditions. Regular exercise will also prevent accumulation of fat and cardiovascular diseases, the threat of which is heightened with frequent stress. Along with physical exercise, mental health too is important. Meditation and yoga too can help bust stress in a holistic manner and provide a release point for all your pent up feelings.

Support system

After a stressful day at work, it helps if you have healthy and loving relationships outside of your work. Friends, family and loved ones are as important for busting your stress as other things. Spending quality time with them and discussing and sharing your dreams and thoughts help in relaxing your body and mind and also in preventing stress from entering your house. Support systems are always beneficial in tackling all kinds of stressful situations in life, whether they are family or work related. Having a handful of friends to whom you can talk to and ask for advice is the best way to stay away from frayed nerves and frustration.

Reality check

At times, you are too fast paced and might be in a race to prove your mettle and might be taking on more than what you can handle. This would lead to a stressful life and prevent your from enjoying the little things in life. It’s time to slow down and look at your personal and family life. Find time for fun, enjoyment, sharing and love. If you have forgotten to spend time with your kids and family, now is the time to take them out on a holiday and rewind. Slowing down and enjoying with your family will help you get through the trying times and come back with more energy and strength to take on more responsibilities. Relaxation and enjoyment must be planned every time you feel that you have been overstressed and need a break. This is not only beneficial for you, but for your loved ones as well.

Say ‘No’ when necessary

Many stressful situations arise from our inability to say ‘no’ to things that we cannot handle. Often people end up taking on more work or doing things that they do not have time to accommodate, just because they are unable to say no. Learning to say no is one of the many ways by which you can avoid stress. Though this may not be always possible when you are at work, gently explaining to your boss that you are already overboard and have taken on more than you can handle will help in your boss understanding the situation and making amends if possible. The solution lies in being able to communicate when you cannot do certain things. That surely makes a big difference in your management of stress.

Patience and emotional stability

Practising when to react and when not to can help you deal with stressful situations with more control and prevent stress when dealing with others as well. When under pressure, you feel that you are losing control of the situation, it helps to practice deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing helps in calming your mind and prevents you from losing ground, which leads to extreme stress. When you are agitated, start taking slow and deep breaths by counting from one to ten. This will help you to regulate your breathing and think coherently before you react to the situation. Recognising when to react and being patient will help you control the impact of stress on your mind and body.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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