Stressed up? Here are tips on how you can manage stress during COVID 19
What is stress?
Stress is the “psychological, physiological and behavioural response by an individual when they perceive a lack of equilibrium between the demands placed upon them and their ability to meet those demands, which, over a period of time, leads to ill-health” (Palmer, 1989).
Symptoms of stress
From experience, what causes stress for Mr A is different to all, some common symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Metabolic syndrome
- Ill health
- Deep thought
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Weight gain or weight loss;
- Stomach pain;
- Teeth grinding;
- Panic attacks;
- Difficulty concentrating;
- Sweaty hands or feet;
- Excessive sleeping;
- Social isolation;
- Feeling overwhelmed and
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
“It is not just Stress that kills us as human; it is how we react to it” – Hans Selye
In today’s world, stress is a word that’s easily tossed around in every sentence in any human language possible.
You hear friends say to each other “Do not stress me!” Or “You’re stressing me out” and this carries with it, negative connotations. Husband and wife or let’s say couples most times have been caught in this very act of accusing each other of inducing or causing stress on them as they clutch on to the side of their, face forehead buried deep in distortion, to show how much stress they are being inflicted with.
An interesting thing about stress which is also a fact is that everything and every person has that sort of ability to induce stress on us from work to friends, to strangers etc. It has become part of our day to day life and existence as human being; it is something that won’t stop soon or should we say it is quite inevitable.
The body most time reacts to these changes with mental, physical and emotional responses. Thus, it should be noted that before stress became synonymous to negative connotations, it is first good and healthy.
Nevertheless, stress is only beneficial to our health as long as it is moderate. When it is moderate, it can keep us motivated, alert, prepare us to avoid danger etc. But, the as soon as our stress levels goes up or skyrockets, it automatically becomes dangerously toxic to both our emotional, mental and physical health.
Hence, we become tossed and trapped with that feeling overwhelmed over and over again with the one million or a billion tasks clinging tight to our to-do list. While most times it seems like we can’t entirely get rid of this problem called stress, there are many ways in which we can be manage it effectively.
These methods do not often require you to trade a lot of money to get your peace and sanity back. Also, you do not have to wait till the next vacation to feel better and free of stress. Sometimes, you just need to pause or stop for a while, call the bluff of the many tasks wrestling for your attention and just unwind.
HOW TO MANAGE STRESS
- Keep a positive attitude: Having a positive mental attitude is of immense benefit and will help you relax your mind avoiding any kind of stress because it will make you believe that nothing ever will go wrong. Being positively minded is a way to avoid beating up yourself over what you cannot change. Identify your stress sources
- What causes you to be stressed? You need to identify your personal stress trigger. In your work life, family or any other area.
- Accept that there are events that you cannot control: Life is all about understanding. When you understand that in life you win some you lose some, you will take things easier than you are presently handling them
- Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga,
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals: Your eating habit has a way of affecting you either positively or negatively. When you have a eating disorder, it stresses you up. When you also have the habit of always eating out and never taking time to eat any homemade food, no matter how little is, it has its effect in adding to your stress.
- Learn to manage your time more effectively: Learning to manage your time more effectively means you will avoid any form of procrastination. Remember that old long saying that “Procrastination is the thief of time”
- Be principled and dont accept every request because some may make you stretch your limits.
- Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation: For starters, exercise is that great way that helps you to manage and reduce stress. It also helps you improve your mood. It should be noted that exercise only becomes very effective in stress management when it is done consistently and regularly. Practice exercise 5-10 minutes at a time and watch your body respond in releasing itself from the grip of stress. Stretching your muscles a while, taking a warm shower or bath or still giving yourself a spa treatment; a seriously satisfying massage.
- Endeavor to have a good night sleep. This would leave you feeling better and almost stress free once you wake up,
- Don’t sucxomb on adsiction to help you overcome stress..
- Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.
- Yoga is a really great way to help you manage and reduce stress. These techniques we have mentioned might seem difficult to stick because they are not part of us but honestly they are actually worth the shot.
- Talk it out: Don’t hold it all inside. Talk to someone close to you about your worries or the things getting you down. Sharing worries can cut them in half, and also give you a chance to laugh at potentially absurd situations.