Stress is a condition all of us experience in given situations in our daily lives. The factors causing stress are called stressors, and they are everywhere, anytime, at any place. Anything that worries us, frightens us, hurries us, exhausts us, and tests our patience leads us to stress. It is caused by negative stimuli and also results to negative, and often detrimental, human behavior, health conditions, and mental problems. Stress can be manifested in a person’s physical, mental, psychological, or emotional state.
The worst that can happen to anyone is if he or she experiences two or three of these stressors at the same time. They build upon each other to make it worse. What you must understand about stress is, it is uncontrollable, but manageable. It is important to know how to manage stress so that you won’t have to suffer and endure all its unconstructive side effects.
I, too, had an ordeal of dealing with stress at work. I was so stressed out with all the deadlines and figuring out how to make ends meet in reports and presentations. I looked twice my age, almost forgot how to smile, felt like procrastinating all the time, and had an acne break out as well. The moment I decided to change and be better was when my mom confronted me about who I had become because of my stress at work. I didn’t need professional help or medical books just to find out how to be better. It all started with a firm decision and determination to divert stress into something that can make my day more productive and beneficial to me personally. I chose to use stress to develop my character.
I will share with you my stress management techniques, which have already saved so many stressed-out souls. I think the first step is to acknowledge that you’re stressed out. This way, you’ll be able to give yourself credit to take a break without feeling guilty. When you’re at work, take at least five minutes to just sit, close your eyes, and take deep breaths to relax your body and mind. As you do this, think of a special treat you want to reward yourself with towards the end of the day, like an ice cream treat from Baskin Robbins or a dinner date with your girlfriend or boyfriend or time spent with friends.
Always think of the positive and rewarding things that can come your way towards the end of the day, week, month, and year. Another effective diversion of stress is exercise. Instead of cursing your boss because of the stress he’s been giving you, think of him or her as the calories you need to burn. Get rid of them in a good way— by making you look better and fit. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, you can simply allot 10 minutes of your time in the morning to do meditation or yoga to relieve your stress and keep you going with a positive outlook the entire day.
One other technique that I have found to be very effective at helping me cope with my stress is to find my heart of gratitude. If you have a heart of gratitude you’ll be able to focus on the blessings that you have in your life right now. Everyone has blessings and can find something to be grateful about. This is probably the strongest way to eliminate stress from your life. Be grateful and thankful and good things will come to you.