How to Relieve Stress

In an environment that does not leave much room for creature comforts, stress can play an overwhelming role in controlling one’s life. Because of deadlines, social obligations and a host of other pressures, there is a chance that your health can be compromised. Not only that, but once you get sick there is no telling how much more have stress can wreak on other aspects of your life.

How you interact with people varies with your mood, and stress always seems to put you on the downside of things. In order to avoid early mental and social deterioration, it is best to learn how to control stress by efficient time management and caring for one’s health.

Taking care of stress

A good way of controlling stress is by approaching it systematically. It starts with listing down the things that make you wring your hair out and cry "Aargh!" at the mere suggestion of the situation. Put them into two categories: things you can control (like pending workloads and social obligations) and those you cannot (heavy traffic jams in the metropolis, your cat getting sick).

This is the most important part of attacking stress: you have to realize that there are situations in everyday interaction that do not always work to one’s advantage. These are called contingencies, and no matter how you try to manipulate them they do not always give the desired results. The best shot you have at being on equal footing with stressful contingencies is by being prepared for them. With preparation comes the expectation of diverse results, most of which you can eventually handle.

On the other hand, situations that you can control are fairly easy to fix: it is most amenable, both to your health and sanity, that you learn how to say "No" to requests you cannot really accomplish. It does take practice, but once you get used to it you shall notice that somehow your stress is lessened and you are more able to do the things you actually signed up for.

After you have done that, it only follows that you learn how to manage time wisely. Learn to prioritize by determining which project needs the most attention. Once you have set your focus, do not veer away from it by using distractions as an excuse.

Remember that repeatedly putting off work only leads to cramming – a very stressful situation, as any college student is wont to tell you. Multitask, if you can. Do projects in increments, or divide up the work that needs to be done and parse them out in little portions so you get a head start on other projects that need your attention.

Remember that time management is attainable: you just have to be organized enough. If worse comes to worst, ask for help. Some people are more than willing to ease your workload; all you have to do is let them know you need their help.

Now that you have got time management and stress organization up to pat, it is now time to turn the attention to your health. Stress makes you miss meals and lose sleep, making you an easy victim for anxiety, depression and a general feeling of helplessness.

Stress management strategy

Healthy bodies fight stress better. Physical activity is always helpful, because it inures your stamina to trying conditions. Building muscles is also recommended because it builds endurance and strength. A total body workout three times a week is enough to build muscles and decrease fat. Endurance exercises are good because they teach your body how to best utilize oxygen for strenuous activities.

Running is the easiest: it burns serious calories and it improves the performance of your heart and lungs. Other activities are swimming, cycling, step aerobics and speed walking. Rock climbing is fun but a little difficult to the uninitiated. However, the activity builds up targeted muscle groups like the arms, the abdominal area and the hamstrings. Exercise is good because it gets your body used to dealing with potentially stressful situations, making you less immune to sickness.

A healthy diet makes sure that you are internally balanced; too much sodium brought on by the harried consumption of instant noodles might give you gall stones. Most importantly, always get enough sleep. Our bodies need time to recharge: at least eight hours of sleep should do it. Avoid ingesting caffeinated drinks before bedtime, and milk always helps.

Remember that stress is only caused by a seeming helplessness regarding contingencies and feasibilities. Learning how to control them by identifying the root cause of the stress is a helpful way towards sane and healthy living.

Moreover, effective time management and constant exercise help keep anxiety and sickness at bay. Stress is a reaction of the under prepared. By following the suggestions indicated above, it is not difficult to see how stress can actually be overcome.