Stress Management: A Few Pointers

Stress has been considered prevalent among our warfighters. It can come in different forms. Recognizing these symptoms is important because negligence can lead to more serious issues.

There are several indicators of stress. It can manifest itself in various ways. When you feel more tired than usual, keep on losing your appetite, or having migraines more often, maybe it’s time you take a step back and see if you’re experiencing stress so that you may be able to address it at the soonest time.

Feelings of paranoia, depression and exhaustion can also be considered symptoms of stress, along with insomnia, oversleeping and an amplified use of drugs or alcohol.

Stress can be a disruption to our normal daily routines. If it’s getting in the way of your studies or time with friends and family, get yourself checked through a counseling center or psychologist.

In order for you to avoid being in so much stress, it is important that you learn how to maintain composure despite the extreme demands of people or situations. This is called Stress Management. There are a lot of ways on how to evade the possible effects of stress. Here’s to name a few:

Give yourself a break – take a pause in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Learn how to meditate and practice a few breathing exercises.

Avoid over thinking – when the situation seems to be out of your control, take a step back and breathe. Sometimes putting yourself outside of the situation can clear your thoughts and help you make right decisions.

Have a new perspective – Accept that you are in stress and listen to what your body tells you. Do not push yourself too hard and learn how to compromise with your system.

Give a helping hand – sometimes helping others out can help you distract yourself from yourself.

Be realistic, not idealistic – compartmentalize the situations going on in your life. Take one problem at a time to avoid over thinking.

Distract yourself – find a hobby that you can enjoy and do it once in a while. Go surfing, take long photo walks, watch a feel good movie or play the guitar – Anything! For as long as you enjoy doing it.

Get some help – when things have already gone beyond your control. It’s time to seek professional help.


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