Stress. One scary word. It’s a state that can cause serious damage to oneself if not controlled. How many of you have been told by someone that “a little bit of stress is a good thing, it gets you to complete the work”. However how many of you have struggled to control your thought’s when stressed? It’s futile if you spend that time overthinking instead of being productive and eliminating the factor that is causing you to stress. Discovering a solution can be a perfect way to handling stress.
What are the symptoms of stress you ask? (yeaaah, I’m about to get the NHS involved)
According to the NHS website stress can cause the following :
- Anxious and fearful
- Lack of self-esteem
- Overthinking/racing thoughts
- Too much worry
- Loss of concentration and focus
There are physical impacts of stress too such as:
- Muscle pains
- Lack of sleep
- Feeling tired
Okay I think you have had enough of me stating what you probably know. So what should one do before the stress overcomes them? (These aren’t just taken from the NHS website).
- Take breaks: Doesn’t matter whether you are studying or working, the same rule applies. Taking a break.. a breather is extremely vital for you to regain your mental stability. Otherwise you may overdo yourself and end up in a position where your health is at stake. It refreshes the mind..
- Be grateful: This is probably the least scientific advice I am going to give you but hey believe me it works. When you are going through a phase of hardships and you feel this pressure on you, it is always best to think of those in a much worse position than you. There’s people that don’t have much and yet manage to get past hurdles life brings just by being grateful (to God if you are religious) each day. It’s a beautiful strength, trust me.
- Be an optimist: Okay now seriously, I’m an actual optimistic person. Doesn’t matter what the problem being faced is. You quite literally need to see the glass half full rather than half empty.
- Find solutions rather than problems: If you know what the problem is, then solve it. Your mind and your actions are under your control. Often we face situations where we know what the solution is yet we make our life difficult and create new problems. Be smart and productive.
- Talk to family and friends: Sometimes we just want someone to talk to. We all go through hard times. They become easier when you talk them through.
- Make time for your hobbies and interests: Whatever it is that you enjoy, do it. Distract yourself.
- Go on holiday: No explanation needed. Sometimes your environment gets boring and frustrating. Imagine having a 9-5 job and a million responsibilities. You’d appreciate a break right?
Some underrated tips:
- Breathing exercises
Before I conclude I just want to make you aware of this fact. According to the mental health foundation, every year 70 workdays are lost in the UK due to mental health illnesses, this includes anxiety, depression and stress related conditions.
So please my dear readers, make sure you take control of your mental health before it deteriorates and seek help if need be .. we are here for you! Do not be afraid as you are not alone in this and it will get better.
Keep an eye out for the next post!
Arifa and Team.