The word ‘stress’ is commonplace in the world today. In fact, this term features prominently in individual and group discussions and conversations that one wonders if the true meaning is fully understood. Experts have tried to define stress as the general adaptation syndrome such that the physiological charges which build up within an individual brings about physiological manifestations in response to the stimulation of the physiological action station. This definition shows that stress has a neurological orientation.
Today, due to the rapid advancements in science and technology, man is apparently and most certainly overwhelmed by the frequent changes in the social patterns of his society, and the corresponding requirements to understand and perform at the highest levels. This high expectation subjects man to an inevitable pressures leading to stress. For example, a man who is trained as a typist with the manual typewriter suddenly discovers that computers have been procured by his establishment to process official documents faster, would come under intense pressure for fear of job loss since he cannot use the computer.
Obviously, stress is a silent killer and its stressors (causative agents) must be carefully and thoroughly managed. Some of the ways to manage stress include the following:
Get enough rest
Always find time within your busy schedule to rest. Rest is different from sleep. Rest regularly even when you are not feeling sleepy. There is a burst of energy and refreshment that endows the body when an individual has sufficient rest. You will discharge your duties diligently and graciously.
You are what you eat. Eat well balanced diet but moderately too. This makes you smart and articulate on your daily activities. Poor diet makes you dull, sleepy and saps you the required strength for optimum performance. This builds up pressures on you as you struggle to meet deadlines.
Go for regular medical check-ups
Regular medical check is a vital routine for a healthy and fulfilled living. Always confide in your doctor and have a good control of your vital body signs such as your blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, etc. Avoid self-medication which could destroy your health. Adhere to your prescribed medications and report any adverse reactions or allergies. These would aid your productive life maximally.
Seek improved remuneration
You are employed to among other reasons, be able to pay your bills comfortably. Hence, any job that does not guarantee you this will end up add to the pressures piling up on you. Discuss with your employers your remuneration before you accept the job offer. You can look for passive means of income, if possible. Try every legitimate means within your reach to enhance your financial outlook and ease your financial stress.
Always seek wise and right counsels
Seek out and identify peers around you that offer wise counsels and go to them in difficult times. Never bear your burden alone because a problem half shared or discussed is almost solved. Unburden your mind always because it makes you be focused in your daily life activities. Go ahead and tell it to someone!
Acquire new skills
Do not brood over your challenges and short-comings all day. Go out and learn something new. A new skill learnt today could help you sometime, someday. It could put little money in your pocket or enhance your relevance in your community.
Spend more time with your family
Family is a place of refuge from the harsh and cruel society! Find time to understand events happening in your family and be active when vital decisions that affect the general well-being of the family are taken. Relax with your family and forget about the stress and pressures of work. There is always a room for improvement. Give yourself a break!
Seek God’s guidance
Every man believes in a supreme being – the Almighty God. Always draw strength and inspiration from him. Present your case before him and have faith that all is well. As long as you have a just cause that will enhance your life as a human, he will show you the way. Go to him in times of troubles and he will shepherd you out of them all. Do not try to solve problems that you should leave for him to take charge of. This will pile up pressures on you!
Cultivate time for leisure
Leisure time should be part of your daily routine. This ensures a healthy living. Discover extra-curricular activities that make relaxed when you are not doing any serious work. Relax, regain lost strength and re-strategize. This will certainly make you feel lighter and renew your desire to do your best for the desired success.
In conclusion, stress is a reality and been aware of the stressors peculiar to one’s lifestyle is a sure way to managing this hydra-headed problem for a successful and healthier living.
Wishing you a stress-free life!
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