Increased stress and anxiety problems have become common problems among people of this generation. Be it family-related problems, pressure at the workplace, past traumatic events, frequent quarrels with one’s better half, health, and financial difficulties, any of these factors may trigger the release of stress hormones in your body. Once stress and anxiety creep into our system, we become physically and mentally affected. We stop being happy and productive and cease enjoying life. It’s okay to feel low at times, but we shouldn’t let stress and anxiety affect our lives. But, what lies in our hands is to handle stress and cope with it.
Difference Between Stress and Anxiety
Stress is a psychological condition induced by external factors like a threat, change, or pressure imposed on an individual. As a consequence, one suffers from hypertension, anxiety, depression, and indigestion. At the same time, anxiety is an internal response that occurs as an effect of stress.
Indications of Stress and Anxiety
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Increased heartbeat
- Getting irritated frequently
- Lack of concentration
- Muscle pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
Causes of Stress and Anxiety
- Severe health issues
- Financial crisis
- Major happenings in life
- Change in workplace
- Relationship issues
- Illness or health complications of friend or kin
A person who has recovered successfully and can release himself/herself from the clutches of stress may slip back to anxiety once more in case any shocking event occurs. So, you see, there’s no way to evade it altogether. It is usual to feel stifled in a claustrophobic atmosphere because of the pandemic and lockdowns going on everywhere. However, adherence to specific rules and building a solid mental frame will let you overcome both stress and anxiety.
Get Rid of Stress and Anxiety! Here’s How
- Come out of the digital cage
Cut down the time you usually spend scrolling social media posts. Avoid watching the news if you feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the news channels that report cases of COVID-19 and accidents. Just check the news only once to stay updated. Avoid using digital devices for a prolonged period. Indulge in your hobbies and do something innovative. There are so many productive things to do- read books, go for meditation and yoga, do gardening, engage in any form of fine arts. Spend more time with your family members. Do anything that you love and avoid staying ‘online’ for most of the time. Stay away from those ringtones and notifications that always keep your phone buzzing 24/7 and reduce the release of the stress hormone adrenaline. No doubt, you’ll feel calm and peace from within.
- Indulge in Self-care activities
Taking care is very important. Stay hydrated and sleep for a sufficient amount of time to avoid getting those puffy eyes and dark circles. Take a relaxing bath, inhale the fresh air, play sweet music, light scented candles, and enjoy your bathing and self-caring moments. In this way, you become emotionally charged up and get rid of stress.
- Consume Tryptophan-containing foods
Tryptophan is the antecedent to Serotonin. Including tryptophan-rich food items such as seeds of pumpkin, salmon, cheese, etc., aids in the release of Serotonin in your body. Serotonin is a brain chemical that gets triggered by the consumption of tryptophan-rich foods and helps us have proper sleep, a good mood, and anxiety-free life. The more Serotonin gets released, the lesser chances of getting affected by anxiety.
- Always express gratitude
Before getting sad over some worldly object, give a thought that how grateful you are for having a roof above you to sleep and enough food to stay alive. Expressing gratitude is a way of thanking the Almighty for all the good things you have in your life because many people in this universe are deprived of the things you are lucky to have with you. Besides, all your negative emotions get wiped away when you start expressing gratitude and get transformed to become an individual with a more positive outlook towards life.
- Play your favorite game
Play indoor games such as ludo, carrom, monopoly, or scrabble with your family members. This will rejuvenate your mind and aid you in getting rid of stress. If you live alone, play solitaire. Just chill! All of your anxiety will soon get wiped away.
- Laugh more often
Why so serious? Laugh more often! When you laugh, the body releases the chemical of endorphins that boosts you up and reduces your stress. Watch a comedy show or funny movie with your friends or family and laugh out loud. You may also pick up a book filled with humor and have a great time laughing at the funny acts/dialogues of the characters enclosed within the pages.
- Vent out your tensions through a ‘Worry Box’
Wondering as to what this ‘Worry Box’ is? Well, unleash your creative skills, craft a small box, and label it as ‘Worry Box.’ No matter how many times tensions and worries creep emerge in your mind, write them down on a piece of paper and throw this in the box. In this way, you are sweeping away the worries from your mind. Just continue putting efforts into your work, and the Almighty’ll aptly reward you. Never let the fears take control of you. That’s the purpose of ‘Worry Box’; you dispose of your anxieties in that box. For this purpose, take a small carton or shoebox and label it with a ruler or measuring tape. Take a marker pen and write on it about anything related to your spiritual beliefs. Believe it or not, this will work for you, provided you keep faith in spiritual powers.
Your reaction to stressful situations is under your control. All of your problems will be solved if you find a solution to the problem rather than piling your mind with negative emotions. Stay cheerful and be productive.