Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Coping With Stress In Different Situations

All of us encounter a lot of pressures everyday. Wherever we go, be it in the workplace, in school, or just staying at home, there will always be some situations that will put some stress sometime depress to our daily existence concerning our job, studies, health, and relationships.

Here are sanity-saving tips to help you cope with stress no matter what situation you are in:
Stress in the Work Place. Most experts suggest a periodic change in routine as a stress reliever.

If you usually check your emails and voice mails once you arrived in the office, try to spend the first hour on creative and strategic thinking instead. During this time, you are at your sharpest and best form. That’s why this is the best time to break down your day into specific tasks, rather than trying to juggle everything. Recent studies reveal that a 50-minute task takes four times as long if you juggle too many tasks at once. Choose a day in a week to leave 30 minutes earlier than usual. Allowing yourself that early exit will keep you on deadline and make you
hyper-focused to complete jobs more efficiently.

To de-stress doesn’t mean to eliminate all of your stresses. It simply means getting control of them, one at a time. Start by making minor adjustments in your life, not the big ones, so as not to add more stress. If you're working on being prompt, get to every appointment, not just to work, five minutes earlier than normal. Successful change is permanent, not dramatic.

The Anti-Stress Diet. Being in stress mode makes you produce chemical reactions inside your body.
It can make the hormone cortisol to surge and the sugar levels to spike or plummet, which can leave you feeling under pressure and sluggish. Eating the right food can help counteract such reactions.

Avoid sugary cereals or breakfast bars in the morning. Instead, eat whole-grain cereals and a piece of fruit. Supplement your food intake with vitamins including a daily dose of 500 milligrams of calcium and 250 milligrams of magnesium. Magnesium is flushed out when you’re under stress to help regulate the cortisol levels. Snack on crunchy veggie sticks or carrots to help release a clenched jaw and the tension headache that usually accompany stress. Before bedtime, settle with a light carbohydrate-rich snack, like toast and jam which can help quicken the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin, which will help you sleep better.

Stress on Emotions. Do not over-generalize situations, such as: first dates never work out; she always gets promotions before me; he always arrives at least 5 minutes late. The habit of using ‘always’ and ‘never’ steers you away from feeling that you have any control over changing the things that stress or worry you.

Do not allow stress to eat away at you like a squirrel with a nut. Such constantly worried mentality impedes decision-making. Many experts suggest that you write down what you're worried about, and then set aside some quiet time for at least 30 minutes to figure out solutions. This is beneficial in keeping worries from disrupting your work so you will be able to think over whatever problem you might have or whatever situation you are in.

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