What are some ways to relieve mental stress?
I am going to write here, the immediate ways to relieve the random bouts of stress that we face irregularly, but if the stress is a regularly recurring thing, you need a specialist as it may be a symptom of depression or other such long-term issues. The smart thing to do then is to acknowledge it and ask for professional help.
Now, here’s what helps me calm my nerves,
Detach yourself from the stressful environment immediately
Find an empty room (or your car), lock it, put your favorite playlist on, and sing along!
Meditate / Chant something, anything (even your favorite person’s name will work!)
Take a bath/shower
Go to a nearby garden and walk barefoot on grass
These are a few buffer tips which may or may not work depending on your preferences:
Drink a warm beverage.
The most important rule is – GET OFF OF THE INTERNET, DISCONNECT FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE/LAPTOP until you calm yourself.
Strive to be the best shit shoveler on the planet,
Most adults that sleep less than 8 hours report higher stress levels.
They are more likely to experience symptoms of stress:
Feeling irritable and angry
When I was a young adult, I was taught that TV is the easiest way to eliminate productivity. I avoided TV at all costs and just worked away. There were even times when I would dedicate 105 hours a week strictly to work, and I didn’t play at all.
I was overwhelmed. All my time was dedicated to work. I had come to find, that after a certain amount of hours, my productivity decreased, while my levels of stress increased.
As I grew older, I came to realize that TV is great. It doesn’t really destroy productivity at all. Instead, it provides an outlet to relax my mind after a long and overwhelming day of work.
Laying around and watching TV is my passion. I’m following my passion by committing to watch TV for at least an hour a day. I love TV.
In turn, my stress levels have dropped immensely while my productivity increased. TV changed my life.
Your question itself contains the answer. First, brush your study table clean. Take some time to think, see that as preparation, not a “waste” of time. Then make a list of the reasons you think are causing you those “stresses”. Put that list away for 24 hours and don’t think about it. These 24 hours, forget just everything about your studies and take it easy.
You pick up the list after 24 hours and re-read. I bet my last rupee, that list will certainly look different to you. Those “Reasons” no longer appear either realistic or insurmountable. What is the secret here? Committing worries to paper immediately brings objectivity. You write those down, your mind is clear. On re-reading, you find those belonging not to you but to someone else. That is, you have effectively removed your emotions from the scene.
Now, strike off the stuff now looks “silly”. Consider the left-over items. Think if you can & how you can work around them. Which can’t help, you will resolve to ignore. By now you will have realised, most of those worries were creations of your imaginative mind.
Now. Keep your long term goals in view. These should energize you. Make a schedule for work like your school timetable. Follow that. Let not time pressure worry you. Know your pace and work to that. Don’t think about the pace of your classmates. Don’t compare with them and fret. You are what you are.
I like to discuss what stress does. We all are stressed out at times. Some people are stressed all the time and this is called chronic stress.
Let’s say you were in a minor rear-ender accident. It is annoying, but at least you had no injury. But you have to deal with the insurance company, get the repair done and maybe get a car rental during the time of repair. Yes, you may have a few days where you feel that your hands are shaky and your heart pounds, or your sleep may not be restful. But when everything is done things are back to normal. This is an example of acute stress with a shorter running time. It has a limited severity, is an inconvenience, but it does not really affect your body on the long-term.
Let’s assume the car accident was more severe and you received a personal injury with a broken leg. You end up in hospital and the orthopedic surgeon fixes the fracture with a surgical plate. The leg has to be in a cast for several weeks, and you have to use crutches. Every day you feel reminded of the car accident, because it is awkward to walk with crutches. After weeks you notice that you have gained weight. Your doctor is also worried about you because your blood pressure showed higher readings. You do not sleep as well, waking up frequently and having nightmares about another fictitious accident. On top of that you came down with the flu. What happened here? The stress reaction released cortisol, which weakened your immune system and may be responsible for catching the flu.
High blood pressure and increased alcohol consumption
On the long-term cortisol can also contribute to high blood pressure, but so can alcohol consumption. You may have increased your alcohol intake in the evening to relax more, but with the chronic stress and the cortisol increase this can cause high blood pressure. The weight gain that you noticed has to do with the fact that you cannot work out any more because of your healing leg fracture and you having to use crutches. Inadvertently you may also eat a bit more rich food; a lot of people do that as food can be used as comfort food.
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