– Pallavi Prakash

It is a gift to human beings that all good things come with a condition! Good life is not a ‘De-facto’ anymore nor is life a combination of black and whites to suit human psyche but a major chunk of our life is grey!!

Gone are the days when we proudly boasted our ‘Picture- perfect’ lives to our friends and colleagues. Welcome to the world of “Neo Syndrome” called Anxiety and Stress!!

Almost every one out of ten individuals are suffering from this modern day disease .Reason is simple ,we are wearing out of patience ,we expect immediate results and immediate gratification of our wants and desires .If this is not achieved we confront stress and anxiety which is an enemy to our balanced human behavior.

But all is not lost yet .The good news is we can beat this enemy and still have a luxurious life by seeding a few good habits and exercising few rules .We can fight stress and anxiety by administering few simple steps to a healthy life.

Regular exercise is an absolute proven stress-reduction technique. But sometimes we feel even too stressed to work out on a consistent basis. Simple modifications in posture, habits, thought, and behavior often go a long way toward reducing feelings of stress and tension.

Here are 10 quick and simple things one can do immediately to help keep one’s stress level under control.

1. Control Your Anger

Watch for the next instance in which you find yourself becoming annoyed or angry at some minor thing, then practice letting go – make a conscious choice not to become angry or upset. Divert your thought to the last good thing that happened in your life. Effective anger management is a tried-and-true stress reducer.

2. Breathe

People suffering from stress should always breathe slowly and deeply. Before reacting to the next stressful occurrence, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out breathing exercises such as meditation or guided imagery.

3. Go Slow

Stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly .Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress, practice speaking more slowly than usual. You’ll find that you think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations.

4. Share Your Stress

It helps to talk to someone about your concerns and worries. Perhaps a friend, family member, teacher or counselor, can help you see your problem in a different light. If you feel your problem is serious, you might seek professional help from a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker. Knowing when to ask for help may help to avoid more serious problems later.

5. Fresh Air

Fresh air is great antidote for depression and stress .Reduced oxygen levels often lead to anxiety hence get outdoors for a brief break. Our grandparents were right about the healing power of fresh air. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating. Outdoor exercise is also usually the best option.

6. Physical Activity

If you are nervous, angry or upset, release the pressure through exercise or physical activity. Running, walking, playing tennis or working in your garden, are just some of the activities you might try. Physical exercise will relieve that “up tight” feeling, relax you, and turn the frowns into smiles. Remember, your body and your mind work together.

7. Avoid Hunger and Dehydration

Drink plenty of water and eat small, nutritious snacks. Hunger and dehydration, even before you’re aware of them, can provoke aggressiveness and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress.

8. Quick Posture Check

Hold your head and shoulders upright and avoid stooping or slumping. Bad posture can lead to muscle tension, pain, and increased stress.

9. Recharge at the End of the Day

Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day, even if only a relaxing bath or half an hour with a good book. Put aside work, housekeeping or family concerns for a brief period before bedtime and allow you to fully relax. Don’t spend this time planning tomorrow’s schedule or doing chores you didn’t get around to during the day. Remember that you need time to recharge and energize yourself – you’ll be much better prepared to face another stressful day.

10. Discover your Limits

If a problem is beyond your control and cannot be changed at the moment, don’t fight the situation. Learn to accept what is for now, until such time when you can change it.

11. Group Activities Help

One way to keep from getting bored, sad, and lonely is to go where it’s all happening. Sitting alone can make you feel frustrated. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, get involved. Offer your services to a neighborhood or volunteer organizations. Help yourself by helping other people. Get involved in the world and the people around you, and you will find they will be attracted to you. You’re on your way to making new friends and enjoying new activities.

My Article Published in TIMES OF INDIA (DELHI Ed. / AP) : 26th April’2015