“If you want to conquer anxieties of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Most of us would agree that it’s easier said than done. Then why are we even talking about it? Here are some handy tips for those who find dealing with stress due to daily hassles a cumbersome task.
1.) Simplify and prioritise: Cut your to-do list in half, and ask yourself “what worst might happen if I do this task tomorrow?” In that list, give each task a number from 1 to 10, where 10: most important or life threatening, while 1: stupid bloody thing I signed up for. This will help you know what requires your attention in the present moment, and what could be dealt with later, eventually making management easier for you.
2.) Use pencil, not pen: By this I mean to focus on the flexibility of one’s schedule. One should always remember that rigidity leads to increased amount of anxiety and worries, which should be reduced by being flexible to accommodate even last minute changes.
3.) Give way to your Cape: To be able to succeed in this competitive world, it is imperative to work as hard as possible. But in the haze of reaching the peak, one shouldn't forget that there are limitations to everything, and so is to the number of hours in a day.
4.) Collaborate & cooperate: Most of the times, in order to attain perfection, we tend to clog work to ourselves. We forget to delegate work. Why not let others do some of your task so that you don’t have to feel burdened?
5.) Laugh: you must learn to let go. Release the stress, for which humour is the best medicine.
6.) Exercise: It helps in increasing the amount of feel-good hormones called endorphins in your body (known as runner’s high). This helps you in feeling rejuvenated and relaxed muscle tension. Exercising also helps you feel active and energetic, and also regulates your sleep cycle. Sleep is another important aspect for stress management. The better and undisturbed the sleep the lesser stress you incurred. It also has an effect on your mood. Therefore, exercise regularly (suggested to have guidance from a professional on exercising)
7.) Stop juggling & build boundaries: Multi-tasking is inevitable, but do you really have to simultaneously do it? Multi-tasking generally reduces ones efficiency, and leads to greater divided attention and extra mental workload. Hence, it is important for one to know what to do, and what not. Designate a place & time for certain things so that your brain doesn’t have to wear many hats simultaneously.
8.) Think globally: Don’t sweat the small stuff and most of it is small stuff. We have a tendency to overthink and magnify the situations whenever we are anxious. Identify if that happens, question yourself, “is it worth so much thoughts?”
9.) Avoid stimulants & sugar: the more you stress, more you crave coffee, doughnuts, pizza and coke. It stimulates the stress cycle. So for all those who like to indulge in emotional eating, think before you eat, if it is really required or just a satisfaction of taste buds?
10.) Compare & despair: “grass is always greener on the other side” (a proverb) is well said. Comparing your insides to someone else’s outsides is a fruitless and dangerous game to play, especially when stressed.
11.) Avoid negative people: Accept it or not, company influences someone more than anything else. Hence, to be able to stay happy and settled, it is important for you to be amongst the company of people who possess these traits, or else the levels of stress gets magnified unnecessarily cause more harm than reality.
12.) Categorise your problems: Just like prioritising, categorising your problems into different sections will help you target your concerns in a better prepared way.
13.) Lower your standards: Perfectionism leads to quality work, but it leads you to the whirlpool of anxieties, worries and increased stress with each assignment. Fire the perfectionist in your head.
14.) Learn to be assertive: just say NO
15.) Learn how to recharge yourself: Even in severe adversities, there must be some things, places or incidents, which could help you feel relaxed, tension free and in control. Try to recall all those things, places and experiences, and feel rejuvenated. In case if the above mentioned tips stop helping you further, don’t forget to consult some professional psychotherapist.
- Kannupriya K.