Healthy Living

How to bust Stress!

Like common cold, stress is the most common ailment that afflicts humans. Hectic lifestyles, increased workloads, irregular diet, are some of the major reasons for causing stress and anxiety. Some of the common symptoms of stress are exhaustion, irritability, muscular tension, inability to concentrate and a variety of physiological reactions such as headache and elevated heart rate, and others. Here are a few pointers on how to make life stress-free and calm:
Breathe slowly and deeply. Before reacting to the next stressful occurrence, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out a relaxation technique such as meditation or guided imagery.
Speak slowly whenever under duress. You'll find that you think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. Stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly; by slowing down your speech you'll also appear less anxious and more in control of any situation.
Manage time effectively. Choose one simple thing you have been putting off (e.g., returning a phone call, making a doctor's appointment), and do it immediately. Just taking care of one nagging responsibility can be energising and help cope with stress.
Get fresh air. Our grandparents were right about the healing power of fresh air. Don't be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating.
Drink plenty of water and eat healthy. Hunger and dehydration, even before you're aware of them, can provoke aggressiveness and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress.

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