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.
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