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10 Stressbusters for wellbeing


Modern day life in general can be stressful and filled with anxiety. Everybody gets affected by stress at some point in their lives. If you are stressed, either because of something that happened at work or something personal, first step to feeling better is to recognise what's causing it.

We should remind ourselves that there is always a solution to a problem in life. No problem can be bigger than our happiness and wellbeing. But by solution, I do not mean that we should resort to making unhealthy choices to cope or for momentary relief. If not avoided, these unhealthy choices will lead to far bigger problems later in life. By unhealthy choices, I mean resorting to excessive smoking, drinking, binge eating etc every time one is faced with stress.

Best way to control stress is to make yourself emotionally strong. These are the 10 tried and tested stress busters to make you stronger, which I apply in my life , and they work wonders for me every time I need to 'bust one'!

Be Active...

I cannot emphasise enough on the importance of staying physically active. Be it exercise of any form, walking, jogging, yoga, aerobics, sports, or any other physical activity. Try walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift, walking to the local grocer instead of taking the car every time, or doing household chores such as cleaning, washing etc. Physical activity will not remove the stress itself but will make you feel calmer and help you control the intensity of your feelings. Regular, moderate to high level of physical activity helps release endorphins which help reduce feeling of pain and contributes towards uplifting our mood, making us happier. I started practising yoga just for fun, but now I cannot let a single day pass without devoting some time to it. Especially when I have started seeing the positive side-effects!

Take Control...

We get stressed when we feel that we have lost control over a situation. Take a step back, assess, think positive. Think about your goal/s, be it in your personal life or your career. Write them down and let it be the basis of how and what you do with your time. Better time management will help you regain control of your life.

Connect ...

When under stress, it is important to connect with people. A strong support network of friends and family is a great buffer against the stresses and strains of life. Make a phone call or have a face to face conversation. Having a chat with friends and family can be a great stress buster. Talking things through with them might help you look at things in a different way. My family has always been my strongest pillar of mental and emotional support and now more than ever.



Have 'me time'...

In one of my earlier posts I have talked about how I get some 'me time'. It is a great way to de-stress and clear your mind. As mothers (and fathers too) who take care of our families, it is especially important to have self-love and self-care. If we do not take care of ourselves, we can never expect to carry out our roles as parents as efficiently as we could. By being in a good mental and physical state we will be able to contribute, support and be there for our families whenever they need us. Even if you are a single man or woman do not forget to get out of your busy lives and do something you love and notice how your spirit lifts up and you feel energised to face any adversity that life throws!

Challenge yourself to learning something new...

Human beings are curious by nature, they survive on stimulation from their surroundings. We are lifelong learners and that's what makes us different and successful than any other species or machines and computers in the story of evolution. Get yourself to learn something new, explore things that you always wondered about. This continuous learning makes us emotionally and mentally stronger and more resilient. Learning doesn't have to be expensive; you do not necessarily have to join an expensive course. Learning can be via your friends or family, by observation, watching tutorials and videos, reading books or even by self-exploration or self-experimentation. Without the continuous learning, life will be stuck in a rut, where we go about doing the same thing day in and out without any motivation or excitement.

Eat healthy...

The food we eat can profoundly affect the way our body reacts to the stresses in life. It can either improve or worsen our mood and ability to cope with them. Having a diet filled with processed and refined convenience food and sugary snacks will not help make things better. Instead incorporate a balanced diet of fresh home cooked meals with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, foods rich in high quality protein and omega 3 fatty acids which will prepare us better to deal with stress.

Help someone...

Be it helping within the community, donating to a charity, volunteering, or doing any random act of kindness for someone who needs it. All these actions will give you the most precious feeling of joy without the expectation of getting something in return. It will also help you see things in perspective. Do you remember about 'counting your blessings'?

Learn to Relax...

We cannot eliminate stress completely from our lives but what we can do is prepare ourselves better to control the way it affects us. Relaxation methods such as yoga, meditation and deep breathing techniques have been proven to help counter the effects of stress. Regular practice of these activities can reduce effects of everyday stress and boost feelings of joy, peace, and tranquillity.

Get enough sleep...

On an average a healthy adult needs about 7-9hours of sleep over a period of 24hours. Lack of enough sleep can make us think and act irrationally thus causing stress. Make a bedtime routine, steer away from keeping electronic devices next to your bed and avoid eating heavy for dinner.

Learn to accept...

Last but not the least, as we say, 'the only thing that is constant in this world is - Change'. Instead of trying to hold on and resist change, learn to accept things that are beyond your control. Think about the positive effects and focus on things that you can control. With every negative thought that comes counter by finding 2 positives from the situation.

Remember, stress will not last forever unless you want it to, and change is inevitable.






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