Stress. It is a word with a bad reputation.
“Stress is awful”
We “suffer” from stress.
However, we must realize, not all stress is bad. The response that we call stress is actually our brain’s flight-or-fight-response.
For example, physical manifestations of stress like increased blood pressure and heart activity actually fuel our agility and strength.
It is essential to understand that stress is not the perceived demands or threats made to us. Stress is our response to those perceived demands or threats.
Thus, it only follows logically that the best way to reduce stress is by altering our response to perceived demands and threats.
Ideas for practical stress management
- Locate the source of stress:
What is the threat or demand that seems too great? Is someone else making demands, or is it your own perfectionism?
- Change what you can’t accept, accept what you can’t change:
You may not be able to change your employment, but you may be able to change the way you plan your work. Simply by planning a day properly, a lot of stress can be avoided.
- Learn to say “NO”:
When it is redundant to make a commitment, politely turn down the offer rather than sweating over it later.
- Know thyself:
While stress might trigger a headache in some, others might feel nervous. Recognise these signals and reduce stress with brief exercise or by altering activity.
- Take care of your body
A well-rested, exercised, healthy body is better prepared to handle the chemical changes brought about by stress. Increasingly, studies are showing that a fifteen to twenty minute siesta will diminish stress and boost productivity.
Meenal is a 1st Year student at Fore School of Management. The views expressed are her own based upon the analysis and research she did on the topic from various books, reports and web articles. She regularly writes for Corporate Monks and Success Monks as a research associate.