Stress disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. What matters isn’t stress, it’s our response to it. Every person has a unique way of dealing with stress. Therefore, it is really necessary to learn how to Calm your Nerves In the Face of Daily Stress.
According to WHO, 322 million people are living with depression worldwide and nearly half of them live in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific Region. About 50 per cent of this 322 million are living in India and China.
Identify the triggers
The first and foremost step to deal with stress is to identify the root cause of it. It can be caused due to many reasons, be it physical or physiological. Negative thinking, bad day at work, relationship problems all add up to your stress. So once you figure out the reasons that trigger your stress it becomes easy to deal with it.
Assess the actual gravity of the situation
Most people usually tend to over think about a particular situation and make it worse. Analyse the actual situation objectively. Most of the times, it is not as bad as you think it to be.
Speak it out
It isn’t healthy to keep your emotions repressed. Try talking to a close friend or a colleague in order to let it out of your system. It may sound clichéd but it really works wonders, when you know someone is there to listen to you.
According to a report published in Times Of India in September 2016, the number of women attempting suicide in the country is nearly thrice that of men.
When you are face to face with a stressful situation the first change that might happen physically is that our heart rate and blood pressure tends to increase. So in order to keep calm physically and mentally, it is important for you to take deep breaths. Slow down your nervous system by taking a moment to pause and take five deep inhalations from your nose and exhalation through your mouth. The beauty of this is that it can be done anywhere, anytime. Try to meditate if you can. Some people feel praying is an effective way to deal with stress.
Engage in physical exercise
Try working out or going for a walk, put on some good music to relax and unwind after a really stressful day. Walks are one of the cheapest, easiest and the most effective ways to deal with stress. Moreover, music also calms you down and cheers you up.
Be well nourished
Many people tend to skip meals and stay undernourished due to stress. Make sure that you eat well and at regular intervals. Try to avoid greasy, caffeinated and high carb foods. They tend to make you more grumpy and lethargic. Instead include high fibre food that will help improve cognitive functions of the brain.
Cultivate a hobby
Try channeling the energy that you invest in stress into doing something creative. Cultivate a hobby, do something creative like writing, photography, travelling, cooking. Or pick up a sport you enjoy playing.
Develop a routine
If you frequently undergo any kind of stress, then it is better that you create a routine for your stress management. Figure out what helps you deal best with stress, and combine them into creating a routine.
Heena Manghani is an intern with SheThePeople.TV