Feeling a certain amount of stress comes with the territory of the professional work you do everyday. You also experience the same when it comes to tackling domestic life and other personal pursuits. Life wouldn’t be considered normal if you hadn't had any notion of stress at all. The experience of being stressed out at work, home or in any other endeavor involving you and the many other factors that become sources of stress can be regarded as an inevitable element of what all of us go through everyday. Stress will happen whether we like it or not. The best way of coping with stress then is to know how to control the factors abetting it.
You are your own stress barometer. You can see it coming and you know precisely when it hits you. You feel somewhat sick or tired no matter how much rest you get. You become irritable and easily piqued even by the most harmless annoyances. This is your mind and body telling you things you’ve long been postponing: Take time to relax, slow down, and ban stress for a while. You don't have to forego work if you have important deadlines looming ahead. Just ask yourself to take a hold of things and be levelheaded about everything. Everything will be fine. So take five! Below are some simple stress busters:
· Do not overwork at the expense of good health. It is not unusual for work in the office to pile up at certain times of the week. These are on the peak days when transactions or paperwork come in for you to do that require short-notice deadlines. While you naturally need to double-time everything to beat the clock or spend extra hours at work to get things done, your health shouldn't be the one that gets badly beaten up in the process. Do not skip lunch. Take well-deserved 10 to 15-minute rests. Telling yourself you can’t afford such short lulls is a lie you should quit telling every time this happens. Working for long stretches wears your body and mind down. In the long run, whatever you accomplish will soon bear the marks of fatigue and the quality of work will suffer. This defeats the purpose of efficiency.
· Talk things over. Sometimes problems wear us down too. Stress is a problem. Problems can also be solved the old fashioned way by talking it over with friends or loved ones. The act itself of discussing stress problems takes the heavy load off your chest and soon begins to relax you. The added bonus is when friends or loved ones listen and offer you new perspectives that help you think things out. It feels great to be supported.
· Exercise. When the body becomes actively engaged in physical activity, the mind goes with it. The feeling of well-being is an emotional state directly connected to the sensation of feeling physically good. Go for long walks, jog, run, dance, beat up the gym’s punching bag, or get into active sports. Stress is pent up tension that can manifest itself uncontrollably by throwing tantrums. Exercise allows you to channel that kind of negative catharsis to something more productive and tension relieving.
· Get some fresh air. Low oxygen levels in offices, homes or places that aren't well ventilated aggravate stress conditions considerably. Explore the great outdoors and get some fresh air. If you feel boxed in by your office environs, divert all calls to voicemail and take a much-needed break outdoors. That’s what “breathing spaces” were made for in bustling business centers --- to relieve worker stress.
· Accept reality. Stress is something you reap when you unrealistically convince yourself that you can control everything. The fact is, nobody can. You wish you could but there are things at work and in life that are simply beyond anybody’s control. Focus instead on the things you are capable of changing. If there are things at work that have a tendency to veer out of your control, try thinking up ways to make them more realistically manageable. Apply the same routine at home and you’ll be surprised at how fast things change and how much less stress you begin to experience.