Apr 072012

Stress is a very common aspect of our lives, and therefore, requires no defining. However, not many people are aware of how to manage stress. There are some very simple rules that when followed ensure stress does not affect our life or health in any negative manner. Stress helps us in improving our ability to manage things in a better fashion. Therefore, any stressful event should be taken as an opportunity to learn.
First and foremost, if there are certain situations that cause you to feel stress, avoid them. If a certain traffic route leads to traffic jam and you feel tense about it, change your route. A long but less stressful route is better than a short and hectic one.
Secondly, any types of extremes should be avoided. Creating a life that has everything in proportion and balance is better. Most of the time we don’t know how to do this, therefore a good way is to check how much time a certain activity is taking up in your daily routine. For example, if watching TV is taking up more than three hours of your day, it most probably is in excess.
Thirdly, goals that are set to realistic proportions are likely to be realized and achieved. Taking up one thing at a time and working towards one goal helps in attaining better results and overall satisfaction. Alongside, it also reduces stress.
Learning how to manage stress is also a very important part of preventing it. A person who does not like loud crowds should avoid such altogether, or try to get used to these by slowly increasing time in such places. Acclimatization helps in increasing our threshold levels to stress, and helps us in coping with it in a better manner.
Finally, sleep remains one of the most important contributors to the overall bodily and mental health. Stress tends to build up not only mentally but also physically in our bodies when we do not provide enough rest to our mind or our body. Sleep is the nature’s method of giving that break to our body. A good sleep in a peaceful environment helps reduce stress by making us more energized and active in tackling it.
Setting priorities in life remains the most important part of dealing with stress. In our quest for material happiness, we tend to forget how unnecessary these can be. Therefore, setting priorities helps in reaching goals without compromising our quality of lives. Limiting our times to family can help reduce commute times towards our less important friends, and create deeper bonds with the family. No doubt it will improve the quality of our lives in the future as well.
Stress is more about how we take it rather than the actual problem that presents to us. Therefore, a positive attitude is necessary for handling any problem. Faith and belief are the most powerful of support systems available to man, and these can help one survive some of the toughest problems in the world.