Stress is part of our daily life, and proper coping and handling improve critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and strong defenses. We experience stress everyday in school, workplace, home, community, and our overall environment. Stress can be positive or negative depending on how you perceive it, handle it, resolve it, and as manifested by signs and symptoms exhibited. We have our own ways of coping wherein some people deal with stress by drinking alcohol, taking illegal drugs, overeating, sleeping for hours, or wants to be alone, while others venture in meaningful and productive activities such as gardening, exercising, playing chess, or cleaning. So how should we handle stress in an effective and appropriate manner?
There are a lot of ways you can do in order to manage your stress such as praying or engaging in religious activities, developing optimistic attitude, taking control of the problem, writing a stress diary, time management, enough rest, and sleep, eating a balanced diet, researching, and seeking professional help. A person can be stressed by work-related problems, relationship issues, financial problems, or other personal issues, and it can result in sleep deprivation becoming a vicious cycle and interrupting normal sleeping pattern. Instead of depending on over-the-counter medication for a good night sleep, you can learn and try relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, learning yoga, watching inspirational videos on Youtube, reading the Bible or something inspiring, viewing your family album, and drinking a glass of milk before bed time. It is important to avoid taking any food or beverages containing alcohol or caffeine, and limit using your phone, tablet, or other gadgets for at least an hour before bed time. You can lower your stress by communicating what you are thinking and feeling, so talk to a trusted friend, your spouse, a relative, or to a professional counselor who can be objective in his responses and can give you a sound advice on how to best manage your stress.
A stress diary is a good and effective stress management tool allowing you to release the tension from your body by becoming aware of the events or situations leading to your stress. In your stress diary, write down your feelings and emotions of the stressful episode and don’t forget to take note of the date, time, and location of each stressful situation and also write the persons you were with and what you were doing at that time. Divert your stress in more meaningful activities rather than being negative and thinking the bad side. Do not hesitate to contact a professional online counselor for a more personalized approach to handling your stress.