Effective Strategies to Relieve Stress Anxiety

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear.” – C.S LewisStress is inevitable. It has now become an acute problem among the people especially millennials thanks to the intense cut-throat competition in the markets for securing lucrative jobs to obtaining seats in reputed universities. At the workplace too, workers remain in the state of physiological and psychological imbalance to meet the targets.

Some common symptoms of stress include sleeplessness, weight gain or loss, stomach pain, irritability, panic attacks, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and social isolation.

Facts & Figures (According to a survey conducted by Cigna TTK Health Insurance):

• Stress levels are relatively high in India compared to other developing countries.

• About 89% of the Indian population is suffering from stress, while the global average is 86%.

• Nearly 75% of respondents do not feel comfortable talking to a medical professional about their stress.

• The survey by Cigna TTK Health Insurance explored five key aspects of respondents — physical, family, social, finances, and work.

• The survey covered over 14,000 people in 23 markets around the world.

• Although extra working hours have made employees financially sound, it has also affected their mental health.

• Other studies too suggest the same trend. For instance, almost 1 out of 5 adolescents in India suffer from some level of mental morbidity, according to the research by Bengaluru-based National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to cope with stress. Here are some practical ideas for managing stress:

• Identify the source of stress
• Promote Self-Care
• Have some ‘Me Time’
• Create reasonable boundaries
• Do what you love
• Eat healthy and nutritious Food
• Be optimistic
• Manage your time well
• Meditation
• Build Resilience
• Take your holiday leaves
• Avoid unhealthy habits
• Do smart work rather than hard
• Give yourself a break to relax
• Open up to people
• Express your feelings
• Set reasonable expectations
• Get a hug from the loved one
• Develop a constructive ‘self-talk’ habit
• Practice Yoga
• Get rid of things that add to your stress
• Obtain social support
• Exercise regularly
• Join a gym
• Think about the good things in your life
• Express gratitude
• Eat a balanced diet
• Learn to say NO
• Avoid people who bother you
• Reframe the issue
• Look at the big picture
• Learn from your mistakes

In short, dealing with stress is not a “one size fits all” approach. Rather everyone reacts to stressful situations differently. It is the need of the hour to address the psychological problems by embracing the above-mentioned ways.

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