When your plans fall apart, how do you deal with the failure? Do you, as they say, go with the wave and follow where the sea will lead you? Does the stress and anxiety prevent you from fully enjoying your life?
To a degree, our character determines how we cope with stress and failures, but these 5 things will surely help keep your stress under control:
Sleep Well and More
In this day and age where there’s a lot more to do — even virtually — more and more people are getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night. This is way below the at least 8 hours that health experts say an average person should get to stay healthy and optimal. Sleep does not only heals the body but more importantly rejuvenates the mind.
I’m sure you know what happens when you lack sleep: your body is “tired” an your mind is “cranky.” Even though you think you are more productive if you stay awake longer, you are actually getting less effective because you are becoming prone to making mistakes and getting easily irritated.
Pray and Have Faith
You don’t have to be religious to believe in the power of prayer. Saying a prayer in times of trouble can provide you with a sense of calm. In situations where you realize you have no control over, praying to a higher being helps you worry less and become more confident. It also has effects on the body. According to studies, people who trust or have faith in a higher power have lower blood pressure.
Apparently, having faith and praying helps us relax, in the same way as forgiving somebody — it gives us peace of mind and therefore calmness of heart.
‘Unhook’ Your Mobile Phone
The mobile phone has drastically changed our lives and lifestyle. It has made us “ALWAYS ON.” In a way cellphones have helped us get in touch with loved ones easily, and allows us to contact each other during crisis and emergencies. However, it’s also a double-edged sword. Cellphones have also allowed others, including work, to reach us anytime and anywhere so that they become instruments of interruption. Instead of relaxing, you feel you have no private time where you can just be with yourself.
But that should not be the case. You can turn off your phone. If your employer needs to have your mobile number, make sure you they know the limits on when you can and cannot be reached. Your time off should be yours.
Take A Self-Imposed Holiday
Another sure way to beat stress is to take a self-imposed holiday. Just get away from your routine and head on to a hideaway. It doesn’t have to be a fancy resort or hotel. In fact, just a day at the beach or an afternoon at the park is enough to beat stress and change your mood. Once in that hideaway, DON’T EVEN THINK about anything else. Don’t think of work, bills, and anything that’s creating tension.
The main point here is to take time for yourself and the goal is to feel better and have a fresh outlook.
Treat and Pamper Yourself
Nobody else will love you more than you will love yourself. Imagine this: you are with yourself all the time so who else is in a good position to know what you want. So treat yourself, and reward yourself sometimes. You can for example sign up for a yoga class at your local gym or community center, and get a regular massage or a spa treatment to recharge. Don’t stop yourself from getting pleasure and don’t feel guilty for doing so. All work and no play will make you old and gray.
Yes I know stress is unavoidable. It is part of life. But what we do about it is up to us, and we are not exactly helpless. Try the above tips and suggestions and see what works for you!
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