Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Stress Management Tips

Why we get stressed?
Getting stressed is natural because life is challenging and usually hectic although varies per individual. The following reasons could lead to having too much stress:
  • Too much worries
  • Too much works
  • Too much demands from other people
  • Too much unmanaged thoughts
  • Fear of future, fear of uncertainty, fear of rejection, fear of failure
  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of courage
  • Too much debts

"TOO MUCH" really depends on how much you can tolerate stress and it varies for every person.

Why STRESS must be acknowledged and managed properly?

The reason is that stress sometimes can create real issues. For instance, too much stress can lead to:

  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Sickness
  • Unhappiness
  • Confusion
  • Feeling blocked
  • Sadness
  • Aggression

And all these affect the health, productivity and performance significantly.

In addition, some people behave harmfully to themselves or to others because they have too much stress. For instance, they get addicted to drugs or they behave aggressively towards others.

What is positive stress?

Stress is not always bad. Sometime high level of stress can be motivational which increases performance and productivity. For example, setting realistic deadline on a project, increases stress but at the same time it increases the performance as well.

On the other hand, a work without stress is inefficient. So we must identify when stress is low, high or too much to make the right choice to manage it properly.

How to manage "too much" stress properly?

Wise people acknowledge the level of their stress, then identify solutions and techniques to manage and overcome their stress positively. Here are some techniques that help managing and releasing stress:

Breathing deeply
One of the quickest ways to release stress is to breath deeply and slowly for about 1 minute. In this way, more oxygen will be inhaled in your system and your stress is decreased. Do this frequently every hour in the middle of stressing situation.

Smile with open mouth so that your teethes are shown! When smiling, body releases some chemical material that releases the stress we have. In the middle of a stressful situation, try to smile frequently and you will see the result immediately. I know it's not easy sometimes, but its fantastic result make it worth trying it.

If you believe in God, pray and talk to God asking Him to take the stress from you and you will see and feel that He does!

Meditation and relaxation
Meditate and relax your body. To meditate you need a quiet place. Focus on your breathing and free your mind from all thoughts for a while. In this way, you will see that the stress has been released.

Delegate works to the others where possible
Sometimes, our works are in such a way that we can delegate some parts of it to the other people. Doing so leads to have less work which will result in having less stress.

Exercising can release our stress and give us confidence and strength.

Yoga exercises help release our stress.

Prioritize and plan your day in advance
A good way to manage too much work is to plan your day in advance (the night before) based on the most important works of the next day. Please bear in mind that prioritization of works must be based on the consequences of doing or not doing those works.

Focus effectively
If you think about 100 jobs at the same time, you can't be efficient and you get too stressed and blocked. The best way is to have 2 actions in your mind at the same time. Always 90% focus on the current work and 10% on the next work. Knowing your next work makes you be aware of the time you spend on the current work which will improve your performance.

Time management
Learn time management techniques. Eliminate unnecessary works.

Consult with an expert
Consult with an expert about your work. Maybe the demands on you are unrealistic and you must be assertive to make it clear and find proper solutions.

Thought awareness
Try to be aware of your thoughts and observing yourself. Sometimes, our thoughts become too unfairly negative. Identify your negative thoughts and replace them with realistic and solution oriented thoughts.

Stress tolerance
One way to manage stress is to identify the level of our stress tolerance, then finding solutions to increase our tolerance so that we feel comfortable in the stressful situations.

Stress Relief Tea / Tablets
Drink a cup of stress relief tea everyday :)

Affirmations to reduce stress
  • Nothing bad ever happens to me
  • Everything is according to the plan and is being handled properly

Ginseng Tablets or Tea
Ginseng is considered the most notable medicinal herb used to restore vitality, boost energy, reduce fatigue, improve mental and physical performance, and protect the body from the negative effects of stress.

Vitamin B Family
The B-complex vitamins are a treasure trove of stress relief. Supermalt, beer all contain vitamin B.


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