Tips to cope with your stress

Everybody goes through stress in their lives. Some stress is beneficial as it helps prepare, motivate and keeps us focused, however, when the level of stress becomes unmanageable, you become overwhelmed and unable to function as you used to.

Many people turn to negative ways to cope with stress. Some may indulge in overeating, excessive shopping or gambling, or losing themselves in alcohol or drugs.

This introduces additional problems besides the stress in their lives. It now becomes almost impossible to cope.

Here are some practical tips to cope with your stress

  • Perform deep breathing exercises. Breathe gently but deeply and then exhale slowly.
  • Practise progressive muscle relaxation. Tense and relax each muscle group in your body from your head to your toes.
  • Use visualization to relax. Imagine that you are at your favourite place such as the beach or mountain. Close your eyes and allow each of your senses to absorb the scene. Savour what you see, hear, touch, taste and smell.
  • Exercise regularly even brisk walks make a difference.
  • Make time for music, art or other hobbies that provide a pleasant distraction and make you relax.
  • Learn to identify and monitor stressors. Plan how to handle stressful situations. Be proactive about planning for the future based on stressors of the past.
  • Learn to say ‘no’ when you feel overloaded by requests of other people. Be assertive so that you are not taken advantage of.
  • Ensure that you eat properly and get sufficient sleep.
  • Cultivate a sense of humour. Don’t take everything seriously.
  • Establish a close confiding relationship in those you trust and love. Research has shown that this helps you cope better with stress.

 

 

  AUTHOR
Dr Guru Kistnasamy

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