Practical and Effective Stress Management Techniques – Part One

Stress is an emotional or mental tension which results from demanding circumstances. Before moving further it’s imperative to clarify a very common misconception about this psychological state. Most of us believe that stress is always damaging and has negative implications, which’s far from the truth. In reality, stress can either be good or bad depending upon its amount an individual is absorbing.

The moderate level of stress is positive, which is known as EU-Stress. It’s considered somewhat significant since EU-Stress pushes us to get our chores done. Whereas, distress is the real culprit which results from extremely high levels of stress. So now you know when someone is complaining about stress, then it is actually distress they want to get rid of.

There is a wide range of physiological and psychological complications which are associated with distress, and the only good thing about this condition is that it’s curable. This is the first part of the stress management techniques trilogy. Each article of this series will provide three practical tips on manage stress and live a happy life.

Stay a Mile Away from Nicotine, Alcohol and Caffeine

When it comes to stress management the usage of nicotine, alcohol and caffeine is a big no. Nicotine and caffeine are key stimulants which increase the stress level instead of decreasing it. On the other hand, when consumed in small quantities alcohol functions as a stimulant. Therefore, drinking alcohol for the alleviation of stress is apparently not a wise decision. It’s highly advised to swap alcoholic and caffeinated beverages with fresh juices, herbal teas and water.

Deep Breaths Always Work!

Ever wonder why smoking makes people feel relieved under extremely stressful scenarios? Even though it is true, nicotine which’s found in tobacco is not responsible for decreasing stress level. It’s basically the procedure of smoking we must be grateful to. A person is required to take deep breaths in order to inhale the smoke from a cigarette followed by long exhales to throw it out. This whole natural process ultimately helps in stress reduction, which can easily be performed without smoking a cigarette.

Consult a Specialist

Gone are the days when paying a visit to shrink was a big deal. Now people have realized that distress is a real problem and consulting a psychologist doesn’t mean that a person has gone insane. Thereby, feel no hesitation in getting some advice from an expert who can provide valuable insights and remedies about the problem on hand.

Tips to Reduce Your Stress Before an Event in Less Than 5 Minutes

You cannot have protective armor but you can circumscribe yourself to stress by discovering a subtle space within you to relax. This space in you is your escape hole, where you mingle with yourself, shed your stressful moments and return to your work again. It’s a sure way to reduce stress.

These small maneuvers harness your stress reducing hormones at the same time replenish your energy level in a natural way.

There are various recreational activities that can rejuvenate your energy level.

Let see some quick fix for your stress

1) Watch a video:

Live visuals or objects have a deep impact on your brain, it deciphers image and makes you live that happy world. It takes away your stressful hour in seconds and refreshes you with serene moments.

2) Take a Deep Breath:

Taking a deep breath elicit your inner peace and calm down your restless nerves. Doing 4-5 sets of a deep breath before an event can help to settle your unsteady feet on the ground.

3) Listen to music:

Musical nodes enable you to attain absolute tranquillity. Before an event, listening to soothing sounds like rain drops, ocean waves, the whizzing of wind, and other natural acoustic will help to achieve deep relaxation and a peaceful mind of a monk.

4) Attain eternal peace through Meditation:

Transcend yourself to an entirely new world through Meditation. Many meditations are done in sync with a musical chord to arouse ambiance that can re-calibrate your energy level and reduce stress.

5) Sketch, draw and paint Picture:

Add colour to your imagination. Take time to paint a picture, draw a sketch or try calligraphy before an event. Try to free up your mind with art and painting that is usually adamant to unexpected work.

6) Coffee, coffee, and coffee:

You can relish on each sip of coffee while having a vantage view of your event. It will drive your sublime mood with caffeine boost while keeping your drooping eye-lids open and lazy bones up right.

7) Me time:

Wield your stress time with me-time. Go for a brisk walk with your event team and banter on casual topics.

8) Write down your thoughts:

Sometime your words don’t match with your thoughts. Open-up your creative closet and pen them down on a piece of paper. Writing them on paper can allow you to express your thoughts clearly and oozes out your stress without nagging anybody.

9) Take time for something fun:

Shape your analytical mettle in a zestful way and do something that gives you fun. You can try your hands on playful props like a cube, puzzle, crosswords, etc. before an event.

Your 5-10 minutes in any of these activities can recharge you for 4-5 hours. All the above activities don’t require great preparation. They are quick, less time consuming and are yet effective in result.

Small Gains Help When It Comes to Sleep Deprivation

Getting enough sleep is among the greatest challenges that many people face in today’s busy world.

Are you chronically short on rest?

If so, you’re not alone, AND your energy, productivity, health, and enjoyment of your moments are all suffering for it. And for children, the impact of inadequate rest time is even more debilitating and disturbing.

According to Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, children today are sleeping about an hour less than they did 30 years ago. This is a change that has a profound negative impact on young people’s performance in all areas.

What particularly caught my attention about this was the impact of losing or gaining even a relatively small increment of restorative rest.

Small amounts count
You know how we talk about the big difference that 5, 10, 15 minutes of exercise can make? Well, the same goes for sleep, especially with young people. Here is Mr. Bronson:

You know, the surprise is not that sleep matters, it’s how much it matters and how little bits of difference can matter as well. Data shows that “A” students average 15 more minutes of sleep than “B” students, who average 15 more minutes sleep than “C “students, and so on. Every 15 minutes can count.

That is a very telling statistic illustrating the extremely significant impact of your rest on your performance.

Another study
In another study Dr. Avi Sadeh of Tel Aviv University had sixth graders and fourth graders get a little more or less rest than they usually get, for three nights. He then gave them intelligence tests. The sleepy sixth graders were testing out like the fourth graders.