ISLAMABAD – Whether the source of your stress stems from your home, workplace, finances, or other external/internal pressures, the effects of stress can become physically, emotionally, and psychologically hazardous to your health.
As far as learning how to manage your stress personally, the best answer is to find ways to relieve some of the stress in your life. Below are some simple suggestions that may potentially work to reduce the stress in your life.
Accept the things in life you cannot control
In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff. There is no point in getting anxious, angry or frustrated at things that you cannot change. For example, you cannot control the weather or the traffic, so just sit back, relax, and tell yourself that this is just a minor setback in the grand scheme of things.
Turn off the cell phone, power down your computer. Today, many people feel that they are ‘on call’ all the time. Sever the ties and enjoy some quiet time. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and head to the park, or just stay at home and relax in a comfy spot. Enjoy a little peace and quiet.
You don’t necessarily need to go enroll in a gym or start a detailed exercise regime. Just get out for a walk, take a bike ride, or go for a swim. Whatever type of physical activity you enjoy; get out and do it. Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress. Physical exertion is also a great way to ward off insomnia as well.
It may not sound like much, but it is helpful. This may be hard in the beginning, especially if you are a cynical person, but give it a try for a few days. Stress and anxiety is tiring. Positive thinking enables you to overcome your anxiety and find happiness and serenity. You may find that simple mundane things that caused stress before no longer adversely affect you.
The Big Picture
When something starts ‘stressing you out’, take a step back and evaluate it in light of everything else going on in the world. Is it really significant enough to cause problems for you? In the grand scheme of things, how important were those two or three extra minutes that you had to wait in line at the store? Let the little things slide.
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