Stress Busters

Re­duce your stress lev­els with these handy tips

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - DR KAMNA CHIBBBER Head, Department of Men­tal Health & Be­hav­ioral Science at For­tis Me­mo­rial Re­search In­sti­tute, Gu­ru­gram

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.

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