Reduce your stress levels with these handy tips
How you react to stress goes a long way in keeping you and your heart healthy.
Our lifestyles are very much reflective of the stress that is prevalent in our life. Be it the pressures of work and doing well, taking care of family, being competitive and competent, managing an intricate work-life balance, finding time for friends or some ‘me’ time, everything becomes a potential source of stress. Your conscious awareness of the need to work on your stress levels is the first step in better managing your life and mental well-being. Which, in turn, will go a long way in keeping you heart-healthy too. It is imperative that you take a proactive approach to identify the stressors in your life. It is not necessary that what stresses others may also stress you. It is possible that things which others around you find manageable and easy to deal with can be potential sources of stress for you. And this, in no way, reflects an inherent weakness in yourself or a deficit in comparison to
others. This is only a reflection of individual differences in how people are. There are some things which you can easily do to better manage your stress levels once you have identified your triggers. Let’s look at some of these:
1 Create a routine that involves an element of digital detox in it. A large part of our day goes in spending time on our gadgets and apps. This translates into being constantly preoccupied even though you may have just begin your day or just ended your work day. It is imperative to create a time period when you are gadget free so your body and mind can relax.
2 Bring in an element of exercise into your routine. To be physically and mentally healthy, it is essential to have a routine that incorporates health and fitness into it. This could be in the form of exercise, playing a sport, doing yoga or meditation or any other physical activity including a walk.
3 Create space for the things that you love. Often in doing our work and being responsive towards our loved ones, we forget doing things that we individually love. This can bring in a sense of dullness and lack of enthusiasm in our lives. To feel happy and be in a good space, find time for the things you like doing, be it going out, playing a sport, reading, listening to music, indulging in a spa or any other thing.
4 Find time to spend with your friends and family. It is imperative that you spend time with your support systems. Their availability and ability to act as a buffer when you struggle to cope with situations can be a big boost for managing your stress levels.
5 Work towards using your strengths to manage your stressors. Stress management involves a large component of working towards solutions and problem-solving while using your strengths to be able to combat stress more effectively.
To feel happy, find time for the things you like doing, be it going out, reading, listening to music or indulging in a spa.