In general stress is referred to any factor that causes physical or mental unrest, including physical factors such as traumas, infections and illnesses as well as various emotional factors from having too much work to do, to just simply feeling overwhelmed or attached to the result of a situation.
Stress is basically considered one of the primary causes of heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, migraines and so on; and it can contribute to absenteeism at work, low performance, more mistakes and decrease in problem-solving abilities. However, stress on its own is not a bad thing! There are times when stress is welcomed, especially when carrying out a project with a specific deadline, as it becomes beneficial by increasing focus, stamina, alertness and strength. In fact only when stress becomes overwhelming and poorly managed, does it gets harmful. Therefore it is not recommended to remove stress completely from life, rather to manage and control its effects.
Here are 7 easy-to-practice methods to overcome stress:
Learn to Say No
One of the major causes of stress is over-promising. You must pay attention to your limits! Be realistic. No matter how talented you are, you are not good at everything and you cannot do everything at the same time.
We all must learn to say NO when our time is already occupied with so many things to do.Before you involve yourself in something, think about it carefully; do you have enough knowledge and skill to perform the required task and do you have enough time for it?! In family life, as well as at your work place, refuse to accept the responsibilities that overpass your capabilities and your time. Not only will you meet your promises and feel confident about it, you also won’t feel overwhelmed and stressed just thinking about so many things that you are supposed to do. Always remember that you have a choice to say NO.
List Down your Tasks, Prioritize
Often stress comes simply because we think we have so much to do. So the first thing that can help you calm down is to write down your tasks. By doing this, you often will notice that the tasks are actually manageable.
The second thing is to prioritize the tasks. Divide them into categories of urgent vs. non-urgent and important vs. unimportant. Start with the urgent-important tasks first so if you don’t get a chance to do the non-urgent-unimportant ones, no one will question you at the end of the day. In fact this practice helps you get organized and manage your time in a more effective way. If there are tasks that you can assign to other people or you can get the help of your friends, go ahead. You do not need to do everything alone.
Avoid Stressful People and Environments
Stress is a type of energy that can be transferred from people to people and from environments to people. You might have experienced being with a stressful person and after a while feeling stressed; or going to the office happily in the morning and after a short while, even without having an important task to finish, feeling the tension and the stress. It is important to avoid being with people that cause unnecessary stress.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep acts as a battery-charger. It simply energizes the body and refreshes the mind. Although sometimes you might think cutting down the sleeping hours can provide you with more time to finish your work, remember that not having enough sleep leads to lower performance and lack of focus.
Share Some Love
When stress becomes overwhelming, opening the heart is one of the best things that can easily reduce stress and create a calm soothing feeling. Spend some time hugging a friend, or talking to a loved-one or complimenting someone. Even playing with your pet can help you change your mood. If no one is around, you can close your eyes and remember a happy event from the past. Try to visualize it with details and with all the feelings experienced. Within a few seconds you will surely find yourself smiling. Laughter is a good stress-relief remedy as well.
Listen to Soft but Lively Music
Soft music is proven to have calming effects on the body and on the emotions. It is currently being widely used by music-therapists to improve a wide range of physical and emotional problems. Just as a sudden loud noise creates irritation and alertness, soft music creates a calming effect by slowing down the heart rate and soothing the emotions. This type of music can be used to relax the mind and reduce stress.
During work, soft but lively music not only can help you reduce stress, but also to increase your work performance. In fact, having music as a part of your daily life, while driving, dining and at work, is highly recommended by music therapists.
Go Out in Nature
Nature is full of greenery and green soothes the mind. The effect of nature is somewhat similar to soft soothing music. They both relax the mind and calm the emotions. Simply looking at nature and breathing in the fresh air can be healing. Several studies show that looking at nature improves the condition of patients in hospitals to a great extent. The benefits have been recorded as less stress, lower blood pressure, fewer headaches and in general, improved health.
Stress energy is in fact real and it can be transferred from one person to another and from a place to people residing in it. Although it is not possible or recommended to cease stress completely, there are ways of controlling it.
Don’t let the stress accumulate, try the above and share with us how you managed to deal with it.
Being an architect by profession who loves spirituality and alternative therapy, Hengameh Fazeli joined Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga school, developed by Master Choa Kok Sui, in 2007 and later became a Pranic Healing instructor in 2009. Since then she is experiencing tremendous improvement in all aspects of life including health, career and personal life. Currently she is the author of PranaWorld.net and she conducts regular healing sessions and Pranic Healing workshops.