6 ways to manage stress effectively


Stress is the body’s reaction to whatever pressure one faces, either physically or mentally. It is meant to protect us, but when we are constantly triggered by stressors for prolonged periods of time, it can cause discomfort, illness, anxiety, and therefore needs immediate attention.

Research shows that more than 50% of most mental health problems are caused by stress. The same can be seen more and more in the case of physical health problems such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, insomnia, diabetes, etc. Stress silently wreaks havoc on physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Stress not only affects health, relationships, and interactions, it can also be life-threatening if left unaddressed.

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We contacted Dr. Chandni Tugnait, MD (AM) Psychotherapist and Founder and Director of Door of healingand asked him to share his advice on ways we can manage stress effectively. Dr. Chandni says:

To manage stress, you don’t need to eliminate thoughts. Instead, we observe our thoughts without judgment and are simply aware. A great help in managing stress and increasing energy levels is a set morning routine in which one takes time to feel gratitude, meditate, read a few pages of a book over tea, exercise, journal, and take a cold shower. Needless to say, this routine is effective only after about 7-8 hours of healthy sleep.

Read on for their tips on managing stress.

1. Take frequent breaks

When you’re at work, don’t drown in hours and loads of work. Take frequent breaks and on those breaks stretch a bit, walk a bit, take a deep breath, listen to your favorite song or read a comic … anything that helps you relax.

2. Connect with nature

Nature has the ability to calm and heal. Look at the trees, the leaves, the grass, and the sky. Feel the breeze. A few minutes a day with nature can go a long way toward calming the mind and reducing stress.

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3. Tech detox

A few hours a day, stay away from technology. Spend time with family and friends without your phone, laptop, or television. Focus on your connections. This, in turn, will have a monumental impact on the level of stress you experience.

4. Thanks

Make gratitude and appreciation a part of your life. Say it out loud. Appreciate your body, your phone, your sneakers, your beating heart, every little thing big and little that adds value to you and your life.

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5. Meditation and breathing work

Daily 10-20 minute meditation is known to have a profound impact on calming the mind and releasing stress, worry, and anxiety. You can focus on your breath, a mantra, silence, or any other focal point. Make sure you stick to one technique and don’t keep jumping from one technique to the next, as that can slow down your progress and may cause you to stop practicing altogether. Deep breathing and other breathing exercises are stellar for mindfulness.

6. Live, laugh, play

When was the last time you got carried away? When was the last time you laughed without fear of being judged? When was the last time you took time for yourself? Live, laugh, play; There is no other way. Be a child. Try new things. Have fun.

Dr. Chandni says:

Ignoring stress or getting used to it is not a desirable option. Seek the help of an expert in case of chronic stress. Wake up to your beautiful life. Prioritize being in the present.

What’s your advice for managing stress? Share it with us in the comments below!

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