It is difficult for the people to cope with the tremendous pace at which the world is moving. Trying to keep up with the fast paced world has resulted in an immense amount of stress. Different people respond to stress differently. Some people find solace in caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs, whereas some others deal with stress by becoming unnecessarily aggressive and violent. Stress also causes physical problems such as high blood pressure levels, high cholesterol levels, chronic headaches and insomnia. Here are a few things that you can do to deal with stress and preserve mental fitness and health:
Prioritize on what you need to do
Your mind can multi-task only to a certain limit. Instead of trying to do everything at once, try to prioritize your list of things to do. Prepare a list of the things that you need to do in order of importance and follow it. Do not try to worry about things that are not in your hands. Focus on one thing at a time.
Get enough sleep
Never underestimate the power of sleeping. While you sleep, your mind rests and your body regenerates. A good 6-8hrs of sleep is essential in dealing with stress. If you do not rest enough, you will feel exhausted and irritable. People who get proper sleep are known to solve problems more adeptly than those people who are sleep-deprived.
Exercise and follow a healthy diet
It is necessary to exercise regularly. It is a myth that exercise increases stress. Exercising more than required may cause stress, but exercising to the right amount everyday make you feel good. Exercising takes the aggression and frustration and converts it into something positive. Exercise will focus your mind and retain your mental fitness.
Stress can result in binge eating or eating a lot of junk food. A healthy diet will do wonders for your body. A healthy balanced diet will provide you with all the necessary nutrients that you need to keep going through the day. You can also take vitamin supplements if you need it. See a dietician who will be able to guide you keeping in mind your lifestyle and stress conditions.
Meditating for 10 minutes each day will help you feel more in control of your life. It is recommended by experts to maintain mental fitness. Meditation relaxes and focuses your mind. Choose a quiet place to meditate to avoid distraction of any kind. Meditation needs to be regularly practiced to deal with stress. If you are in a stressful situation and are feeling out of control, find a quiet place, close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. Focus on your breathing while doing this. This will calm your nerves and help in dealing with highly stressful conditions.
Get a hobby/find an interest
Do something that you do not find stressful and instead, enjoy doing. Reading, writing, gardening, cooking, or playing a sport that you enjoy will bring down your stress levels. Do something that makes you happy. Take a break from your work. Go shopping or take a long walk. Taking a break will help your mind to relax and to unwind.
Pamper yourself! With constant thoughts of family and work, is easy to forget that even you need pampering. Go for a body spa or a massage. Eat what you want. Depriving yourself of what you want will only make things worse. Unlike what people believe, you don’t have to abstain from food that you love. Just eat it in moderation.
Once you recognize the early signs of stress, do not ignore them. Work towards having a stress-free life. You need to pay enough attention to your mind and body. Without mental fitness, you will soon collapse under the weight of all your responsibilities. Needless to say, the effects and reactions to stress are hardly ever positive. It is therefore necessary to stop stress from building up and wreaking havoc in your life.