Feeling stressed is a part and parcel of life. There are many daily events that cause stress, including a traffic jam, or having to wake up early in the morning. Since there is no escaping them, we need to acquire better coping skills to overcome the stressors in our lives. And taking breaks from our stressful lifestyle is the only way you can manage stress. Here are a few tips:
Listen to music: Music therapy has been used for centuries as a way to restore energy, improve mood and even help the body heal more naturally. Even thinking of your favourite song and spending a minute or two singing a few lines can interrupt your stress cycle and uplift your mood.
Meditation: In this fast-paced life, practising five minutes of meditation helps in giving a sense of serenity and calmness. Deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises and yoga techniques help in achieving mind-body harmony.
Nature: Enjoying the beauty of nature around you is one of the best stress-busters. Nature walks can not only give you a sense of peace of mind but also serve as a change of atmosphere as well as a form of physical exercise. Gazing at the stars in the sky for a few minutes, or simple gardening can be a refreshing break from your mundane life.
Live in the present moment: To de-clutter your life, focus on the present rather than dwelling on the past or the future. In the midst of our planning and efforts to excel in our lives, we must not forget to live in the present and enjoy each moment to the fullest.
Reach out: A social network is one of the best tools to help you de-stress. It is the best outlet for relieving oneself. You should always seek the company of your friends to share your experiences, thereby getting your feelings out of your system and also getting their feedback and support. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved.
Pursue your hobbies: You must always take out time to read your favourite book, watch your favourite show on TV and pursue whatever makes you happy. It not only serves a recreational purpose but also boosts your confidence.
Play with your pet: Spending time with your pet actually helps in bringing down your stress levels. Even if you don’t have a pet, spend some time with your friend’s pet and enjoy their unconditional love and affection towards you.
Humour: Laughing out loud not only helps lighten one’s mood, it boosts the body’s “happy hormones” (ie endorphins) and makes you forget about all the tensions for some time.
The author is director, mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis Healthcare