Ups and downs, rises and falls, rain and shine, joy and sorrow, day and night; these are the colors of our life. Many people can face their difficult time easily and many get stressed which is very common. Everyone—adults, teens, and even children, experiences stress. A wise thing to do is to be prepared to face the difficult times which could help us to improve how we live our lives. Being prepared to face the challenges is what it means to learn and grow.
What is Stress?
Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. It is a fact of nature in which forces from the inside or outside world affect the individual, either one’s emotional or physical well-being, or both. In simple words, stress is a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious and these situations are not under our control. So the logical method to deal with these circumstances is to accept and move on. Stress can be positive or negative.
Here below we discuss about some of the tough situations we come across in our lives and learn how we can deal with stress at the workplace & home.
1. Identify the Cause of Stress:
There are various factors responsible for stress in the workplace like your job profile, collogues, your sitting area, your boss, our target, etc. and at home, there are so many. It can be broadly divided into two categories; external and internal. Internal pressure often occurs because of the feeling of the inability to work and expecting too much from yourself. External pressure is often given by managers or bosses who impose too many expectations on you. Once you identify the cause, you can easily reduce your stress level.
2. Practice the 4 A’s:
When you identify the cause of stress then you can either change the situation or change your reaction. Practice the 4A’s, it will help you a lot in every kind of stress. The four A’s are Avoid, Alter, Adapt, and Accept.
- Avoid situations, things, and people who stress you out.
- Alter the stressful situation if you can’t avoid it.
- Adapt to stressful situations and change yourself. Take charge of your sense of control by changing your expectations and attitude to face a stressful situation.
- Accept the things which you can’t change because some sources of stress are unavoidable.
3. Indulge in Physical Activity:
Physical activity is a huge stress reliever. Stressful situations increase the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in your body. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good, and it can also serve as a valuable distraction from your daily worries.
4. Listen to Music:
Listening to relaxing music is the best medicine for any kind of stress. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body. It can lower blood pressure and reduce hormone linked to stress. After listening, you will feel recharged to fight any situation.
5. Connect to Other:
Stress can cloud your judgment and prevent you from seeing things clearly. Talking and spending quality time with another human being who makes you feel safe and understood is one of the best options to reduce stress. Keep in mind that they should be a good listener.
6. Maintain Healthy Lifestyle:
Eat a healthy diet because well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress. Reduce caffeine and sugar and avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Start Yoga, Meditation, and light exercise. These entire things will help you to fight in a stressful situation.