Stress. The word itself gives a variety of definitions. It can be associated with anxiety, lifestyle, food, work, responsibilities and the list goes on. Stress has become a common complaint of people who live busy lifestyles. According to recent reports almost 75% of adults suffer from adverse health effects of stress and other stress-related ailments.
Stress as defined by an Australian-born Canadian physician, Dr. Hans Selye, is the “non-specific response of the body to any demand placed upon it.” He said it is not the stress that bothers us but the distress or how we feel towards a deadline, a busy lifestyle, or a number of responsibilities to attend to.
Stress can take a toll to both body and mind and finding ways how to cope with it or how to handle it is pompous. The question now is how to manage stress and still perform the tasks and jobs at hand. Here is how:
- 1. Meditation.
Look for a quiet place and a comfortable area. It is recommended to do meditation in a garden or any place with trees and with chirping birds. You can focus your attention on the sound of the chirping birds. The scent of the flowers and the trees will soothe your stressed body. Sit down and close your eyes; relax your body and muscles starting with your feet. Take deep breaths in and out, slowly and deeply. You may do this for 15 to 20 minutes. You can practice this twice a day or when you are feeling stressed.
- 2. A Walk in the Park.
Research has it that when you exercise, your body is producing natural endorphins. These are chemicals produced by hormones which cause feelings of happiness or relief. When you are feeling down or burned out, get your pair of running shoes and find your way to the park. You will feel a lot better after a 30-min walk or jog.
- 3. Talk.
If something is still bothering you, the best way to ease your mind is to look for someone you can talk to. Someone you trust and would listen to you. A conversation will help you ward off the negative thoughts you are harbouring and will help you to lighten up.
- 4. Treat yourself.
An organic spa, a haircut or even a new pair of shoes can be stress-busters too especially for mothers. When you are married with kids, normally the daily chores and responsibilities will consume most of your time. It is quite difficult to look for a silent moment to be on your own. An hour in the spa will be beneficial or self-rewarding after a busy week. The stones and organic materials used in the spa can provide relief to a tired body and a stressed mind.
- 5. Have A Moment Under the Trees
Studies have found that trees can absorb negative energies. If you are feeling sad and anxious you can sit under a tree or have a few minutes in the garden. Talking to your plants can release your negative thoughts and you will feel good right after!
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