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Practical Tips to Beat Stress

Tips to Beat Stress

What is stress?

Stress is a response to real and imagined events that alter the normal functioning of the body.

Stress arises when a situation is perceived as stressful. Stress is often associated with situations that you find difficult to handle. How you view things also affects your stress level. If you have very high expectations, chances are that you will experience more than your fair share of stress.

Stress Reactions

Stress, either quick or constant, can induce risky disorders. Immediate disorders such as dizzy spells, anxiety attacks, tension, sleeplessness, nervousness, and muscle cramps can all result in chronic health problems.

Stress reactions vary tremendously in their severity from mild uneasiness to extreme terror and panic. They may also affect our immunity, cardiovascular and nervous systems and lead individuals to habitual addictions, which are interlinked with stress.

Some changes in attitude to help you cope with stress.

Stop trying to be a superwoman or a superman. You cannot be perfect and you cannot do it all. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you are overwhelmed and busy.

Go easy when it comes to criticism. Avoid expecting too much from others or yourself. Effective coping with stress is about being happy with what you have.

Share your feelings. Talking to a friend or loved one after having a stressful day is a great way of coping with emotional stress. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone.

Coping with stress is also about being flexible and living a balanced life. Neither let others impose their points of view on you nor reject them altogether. Try to be patient instead of judgmental, listen to others, and think it over before making a decision.

Some practical strategies to help you cope with stress

Get organized – Coping with stress is all about planning. You can plan to fail or plan to succeed. Organize time for work, family, hobbies, spiritual time, time with friends and time alone, time for exercise, and time for relaxation.

Visualize the best outcome – Coping with stress is about knowing how to deal with a stressful situation before it occurs. Rehearse how you are going to handle it. Picture yourself being successful in coping with stress.

Take a break – It is a good idea to do fun things such as watching a movie or playing a video game or going for a drive etc. for a while every day. Developing an active hobby like gardening or drawing or playing music etc is also an excellent stress buster.

Don’t Postpone Actions – One of the best strategies for coping with stress is not to put off actions until tomorrow if you can do it today. Situations become more difficult when you defer. Do your least favorite chores first, followed by rewards.

Be realistic – Set realistic goals. Emphasize quality over quantity. Work at a leisurely pace, taking breaks often.

Sleep, eat, and exercise – Coping with stress is all about treating your body properly. Eat food that nourishes you, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.

So here’s an A – Z of Stress Management:


Believe in yourself. All situations can be made into win-win situations if you relax and stay focused with a positive attitude. If you think you can… you can!

Don’t try to be perfect. It’s important to aim high and try to reach for the stars. But keep things in balance. If you think that “anything less than perfect means I’ve failed” then you are creating mountains of unnecessary stress for yourself. Focus on doing your best but recognize that none of us can be perfect all of the time.

Take steps to overcome problems. Stay practical. Whenever faced with a roadblock, if you find yourself running out of ideas to fix the problem look around. There might be someone you know who can help you through.

Don’t keep things bottled up. Confiding in someone you trust and who will be supportive is a great way of alleviating stress and worry.

Keep things in perspective. Life is full of challenges. No one challenge is so big that it blocks our road to success. Don’t make it one!

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