Tress is a part of human life. Whether you are rich or poor, successful or unsuccessful, learner of educator, adult or teenager, you can not run away from it. We all have gone through this situation a thousand times. Every coin has two aspects; likewise, stress might have a positive or negative impact.
What is stress?
Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that it experiences, which requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional changes. The word ‘Stress’ is mainly used in a negative sense. But stress is not always bad, and it is a normal part of life. In fact, sometimes stress can be positive and can spur one to be productive, creative, prepared for challenges, and stay motivated and focused. Actually, it’s a physical or mental strain that forces a person to deviate from normal functioning. It psychologically disturbs the human mind. Stress is not always harmful. A small degree of stress is beneficial in many ways. However, When stress crosses the tolerable limit, it becomes problematic for a person. The stress-bearing capacity is different from person to person. Some people have the ability to deal with it, but most of us suffer a lot.
Symptoms of stress
There are physical, psychological, and emotional signs of stress. If we consider psychological and emotional signs, it includes:-
• Depression or anxiety
• Anger, irritability, or restlessness
• Feeling overwhelmed, demotivated, or unfocused
• Trouble in sleeping or sleeping too much
• Racing thoughts or constant worry
• Problem with your memory or concentration
• Making bad decisions.
On the other hand, physical symptoms can include:-
• Muscle tension and pain
• Low energy
• Nervous twitches or muscle spasms
• Changes in appetite
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
How to cope with stress ?
Stress is a state of mind that many of us are experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some people may feel afraid of falling ill or dying, fearful of losing their livelihood of being separated from their loved ones or being socially excluded. Some may have lost their jobs or experiencing economic hardship. In the current situation is normal to feel stressed and worried. At this time, it’s important to share that how someone can cope with this situation. However, you should try to remain calm and focus on the things you can do to protect your mental health. There are things that can be done to help relieve stress to reassure that the
People you know and take practical steps to caring for yourself and your family. So there are some tips:-
• Take care of yourself – Include a healthy diet in your meal, morning walk, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and should take a short break from work.
• Talk to others – If there is anything that is disturbing your mental peace, then talk about it, share it with your close ones.
• Avoid drugs and alcohol – If you’re addicted to it, you should immediately quit all these bad habits as soon as possible. They can create more problems and can increase stress.
• Do you need help.? Ask for it – If your mind is full of suicidal thoughts, overthinking, worries, etc. You should talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.
• Old hobbies – You might have hobbies like- singing, dancing, drawing, writing, etc. You should again start doing the things that make you feel happy.
• Connect to your old friends or loved ones – We may not connect to them socially, but we can seek help from technology. We have mobile phones and many other electronic gadgets that can help us by connecting them digitally.
• listen to music, reading, writing, and learning – Studies have found that music can reduce stress. In your spare time, you can read some good books and novels or can learn all those things that you always wished to do but due to lack of time you couldn’t. I think this would be the best time to learn.
• Focus on what you can control- You have to think less about those things you can not control. You should focus more on those things which can be in control.
• Avoid information overload- It is, in fact essential to understand the fact and keep up to date on what is going on. However, you don’t want to overload by watching television 24*7 or staying with the newspaper all day long. You need to take a break from some information.
• Remember ways you’ve stayed calm in the past – Think about the things that you used in the past that helped you to stay calm like playing musical instruments, listening to music, talking to family members.
• Create a new routine -Think about creating a new routine, whether it’s games or watching certain television shows, try some creative and interesting types of things that would be fun and unique.
• Be present and take life one day at a time – Each day is a unique day, take one day at a time, be very present in that day and make it the best possible day it can be, and tomorrow creativity takes over and make it entirely new day. Day by day, you will get through this, and that’s the best way to deal with it.
These are certain types of practical things to do that help you to manage this challenging time