Before we learn to manage stress and some techniques to handle it well, we must have some knowledge about stress such as the type, symptoms and causes of stress. Let’s start:
What is Stress?
Stress is the reaction where your behaviour changes which is different from your original nature and also strange. This happens, when you think highly of on a particular subject and take stress for it. It is the “Wear and Tear” our minds and bodies experience as we attempt to cope with our continually changing environment.
Some of the feelings of stress are anxiety, tension, lazy, fearful, excited, frustrated, anxious, angry etc. Most students experience stressors that can have a profound effect on health, happiness, and grades.
Types of Stress
Positive Stress: Stress can have a positive effect, spreading motivation and awareness, providing stimulation to deal with challenging situations. It provides a sense of urgency and alertness necessary for survival when faced with situations of danger.
Negative Stress: Supporting factors in mild conditions, such as headaches, digestive problems, skin complaints, insomnia and ulcers. Excessive, prolonged and unrelated stress can have detrimental effects on mental, physical and spiritual health.
Causes of Stress:
We lose and win many times in life, but we celebrate the joy of winning but we get tense when we lose. Tension is also not a bad thing but when it converts into stress it makes us, our family and our health becomes harmful.
You will be surprised to know that our coming generation and our students are falling victim to this disease due to excess of homework, pressure to get high marks, maintain social relations and so on. There are two types of cause:
- Internal Cause:
- Lifestyle Choices
- Negative self-talk
- Mind Traps
- Personality traits
- External Cause
- Physical Environment
- Social Interaction
- Major life events
- Daily Hassel
Symptoms of Stress
Physical Symptoms are Sleep Pattern Changes, Fatigue, Headaches, Blood pressure and so on.
Mental Symptoms are Lack of Concentration, Memory Lapses, Confusion, Panic attacks and etc.
Behavioural Symptoms are Appetite changes (too much or too little), Restlessness, Nail biting, Hypochondria and etc.
Emotional Symptoms are Depression, impatience, unrest, Deterioration of personal hygiene and appearance.
Stress Management Techniques
Change your thinking: You must be positive and redefine your thinking. It is a technique to change the way we see things so that they feel better about them. It does not change the external reality, but helps to see things differently, lighter and less stressful.
First you must accept that you are under stress, it is not a bad thing to accept. After that, focus on your strengths and forget about powerlessness, frustration, and failure. Start to look for new opportunities or new journey.
Change your behaviour: You should try to get organized . For this, Make appropriate time table and a list according to priority to set achievable goals. There are more behaviour factors are:
Humour is the quality of being amusing or entertaining and also you should take your work seriously but yourself lightly.
By Diversion and Distraction, you should avoid those things which bother you and try to calm down in any situation.
Ventilation means discussing your problems and feelings with someone close to you, so you feel a little relaxed. Write about your problem in a diary or notes but do not re-read what has been written and destroy them. It can help release emotions.
Develop a support network through friends or colleagues to talk with you. It is not always events that are stressful but how we understand them.
Change your lifestyle: You should change your lifestyle to eradicate stressful life. Therefore, consider the following factors:
Maintain your diet and follow healthy eating habits.
Get Enough Sleep is a good stress reducer. This night life culture has spoiled the quality of sleep. Most of the people believe that night life is a status symbol but it imbalances our mental health. We should get 7 hours of quality sleep per day.
Exercise is important for refreshing oneself and is also helpful in relieving stress. It helps in proper blood circulation, frees the mind from anxious thoughts and improves self-image.
Meditation, Now all over the world, meditation has become popular for keeping you calm, increasing concentration, staying cheerful, and promoting quality sleep. You can turn your negative thought into positive thinking by meditation. It always keeps you internally motivated, so you stay away from any kind of depression, stress or tension.
So, stress is stressful but it is better to deal with it if you understand a little bit about it. Whenever you feel demotivated, take a deep breath and leave it in the air, then you will find yourself relaxed. Stress management is a skill where you use above techniques to wipe out your worries and feel relaxed.
You can use time management skills to be well organized.