ARE YOU "STRESSED OUT"?
It is perfectly normal to experience stress. Everyone goes through it from time to time.
But going through stress for prolonged periods of time takes its toll on your health, both mental and physical, and it is important that you are able to recognise that you are stressed. There are several self-help methods of relieving stress that work very effectively you can actually learn how to alleviate your own stress. It is unlikely that you can get rid of all the situations that cause you strain, but you can certainly change the way you react to them. As a woman you probably go through a lot of stress in your daily life, particularly if you are working as well as caring for children so try out some ways to beat this gremlin! Everybodys got to watch out for stress its one of the biggest killers in modern society.
A Stress Quiz
1 point for every "c", ½ point for every "b" and no points for every "a".
If you have scored 1 to 5, you are likely stressed beyond what is good for you and should spend some time examining the stress-causing situations, behaviours and attitudes in your life.
If you have scored 5 to 10, you are able to adapt to stress to some degree but stress management is still a key issue in your life.
If you have scores 10 to 15, you are likely to be able to deal with stress in your daily life.
Ways of Beating Stress
Beating stress is a skill that you have to learn. Its not always easy but the effects on your health are so positive that it is certainly worth the effort! You could relieve stress through
Deep breathing: When you are in a stressful situation, are feeling anxious or stressed, or are likely to lose your temper, try even deep breathing. The old bit of advice about "counting to ten" is based on this premise. Breathing deeply shuts off other physical reactions to stressful situations and helps you to calm down and get in control of yourself. Deep breathing is good even when you are not in a stressful situation, ten minutes of it a day will help you to relax and face the world with fresh energy.
Regular physical exercise: Swimming, walking or any other regular aerobic exercise does wonders for your state of mind as well as your health. It relaxes you, tires you physically, helps you to sleep and eat better, and improves your mood. It also helps to make you feel in control of your life. Physical exercise is a must and an excellent way of beating stress.
Muscular relaxation: Tense and relax the muscle groups alternately. Your neck, shoulders and forehead are the best muscle groups to try these exercises with first. You will feel a perceptible relaxation after doing a few sets of these.
Visualisation: Imagining a pleasure-giving situation or recalling a place or situation that made you very happy is a great way to relive stress and also to cope with physical pain. Reliving all the sensations and feelings of these moments can effectively distract you from the present and help you to relax both physically and mentally.
Yoga: If you live in India you probably have access to a good yoga teacher and yoga lessons are not expensive. Yoga is a wonderful and scientific way of exercising your body and it had holistic beneficial properties on both mental and physical health.