Reducing Stress


Stress can affect anyone no matter what age group or background that one belongs to. It is defined as the feeling of being under too much emotional or mental pressure. It also involves the inability to cope with pressure which then leads to stress.


What causes stress?


Some of the common things that cause stress include money, relationships and work. When we are stressed, our behavior, feeling and way of thinking become affected.


Stress can also impact our bodily functions. Typical signs of stress include difficulty in concentrating, losing your appetite, sweating, problems in sleeping, worrisome thinking, and anxiety among others.


How can we reduce stress?


1. Learn to relax the body.


There are many benefits brought by practicing techniques that would relax the body. These include boosting confidence to handle problems; reducing frustration and anger; decreasing fatigue; improving sleep quality; improving concentration and mood; reducing muscle tension and chronic pain; increasing blood flow to major muscles; reducing activity of stress hormones; maintaining normal blood sugar levels; improving digestion; slowing down the breathing rate; lowering the blood pressure; and slowing down the heart rate.


Some of the things that you can do to relax the body include exercising, getting a massage, eating well, getting enough hours of sleep, and using a warm decompress.


2. Learn to relax the mind.


A relaxed body should be complemented with a relaxed mind. To achieve this state, you can do a number of things such as reading, thinking positively, laughing more, practicing deep breathing, and practicing mindfulness.


3. Be proactive.


Eliminate what you can and learn to cope with the rest. Realize that you can’t control everything. The only thoughts and behaviors that you can control are the ones that you yourself own. This means that you can’t control what other people are thinking about you or what they are saying to you. However, you can control the way you respond or react to their behavior.


It’s also helpful to acknowledge the things that give us stress and face them directly. When we ignore even the smallest things that add to our stress every day, they tend to build up and therefore become more difficult to manage.





4. Learn to reflect.


This can be done by identifying what causes our stress,  assessing the frequency of our stress, ranking the causes of our stress, designing a game plan for reducing stress, and opening up to a friend or a family member.