What is stress?
In psychology, stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Stress is a type of psychological pain. Small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy. Excessive amounts of stress, however, may lead to bodily harm. Stress can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, and mental illnesses such as depression.
What is stress management?
Stress management is a wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress, specially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning.
How to deal with stress? (My tips on stress management):
I’m aiming this post mostly to students, who deal with study stress. If you have chronic psychological stress, this may not be for you, more on that later.
1: Familiarize with the situation:
Know exactly what’s stressing you out. Is it the huge pile of assignments torturing you, or perhaps it’s because of your exam-anxiety? Write down all that comes to your mind.
Once you have written down what stresses you out, don’t look back at it again. Make sure you’re not constantly reminded of what worries you, because that would contradict the whole purpose.
2: Remove unnecessary anxieties:
I know, it’s easier said than done. But filtering out what stresses you out will help you in the long run. I’m speaking from personal experience, it was few years back and I was highly stressed and anxious. Once I started to remove pessimistic people and unnecessary tension from my life, things got way better.
In order to start filtering, you must realize what’s unnecessary and what’s not. Judging things fast will only hurt you in the future. Take your time, and classify things that directly relate to your anxiety. It could be dramatic friends, or a teacher who gives you way too much homework. Don’t be afraid to go to the teacher and explain your situation, assuring them that you are serious about this and wish to work hard as well
3: Don’t let it get the better of you:
Your stress got you shut down in your room crouching on bed? Go out. Don’t let it take control of you. Understand that complying with it means accepting defeat, it means that you are welcoming all the stress into your life, and you DON’T want that.
Do things that you would usually do, when you were cheerful, and don’t think of yourself as some stress-compilation machine. You have a wonderful life, and stress is an absolute outsider. You can’t let it ruin your time.
4: Open up:
Speak to people about your problems. This is coming from an extreme introvert, you got to let things out and express yourself. Nothing will relieve you more than a 5-minute rant at your best friend.
Expressing yourself can be difficult, especially when you feel that everything is falling apart and that people won’t understand how you feel. Find people you barely know, who won’t judge you, someone random online, and talk to them(without being a stalker/a pain to them).
5: Grab that ice cream, dim the lights and relax:
This is by far the most important thing in this blog. You must chill and relax at times like these, I mean sure I understand you have this huge test coming up in like a week, and you have absolutely no time for yourself ~ but that’s probably why you’re stressing in the first place. Perhaps subconsciously you feel that you aren’t giving yourself enough time and that’s making you worried. So whatever it is that’s coming up, nothing is more important than you and your mental health.
Believe in yourself, love yourself and understand that you can recover. There is nothing wrong or unusual about being stressed, and that you can get out of it.
A Side Note:
There are people out there who have to deal with mental issues like chronicle anxiety. If you’re diagnosed, this blog isn’t absolutely medical in nature, but it’s tried and tested. I, by no means, intend to disrespect those who suffer from the aforementioned illnesses.
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And as always,