How can we Manage Stress Effectively?

Posted by Trupti Shirole on Fri, Oct 29, 2010  
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Many times in the clinic I have patients complaining that they are stressed. Before we can think of stress management strategies we should think about the causes of stress and the negative effects it is having on our bodies. If we are able to rule out the cause it becomes easier to manage stress.

 

I often suggest my patients to deal with stress in the following manner-

 

1.) EXERCISE-

Most of the times we find ourselves sitting back at our desk or seeing through a window and just pondering about why are we so stressed? But we do very little to deal with this stress. The first step to manage stress is exercise. Exercising on a regular basis helps to turn down stress hormones. In fact some studies have suggested that exercise is an antidepressant and helps combat anxiety.

 

2.) MEDITATION-

A lot of things have been said and written about the benefits of meditation and other relaxation techniques.

 

Thus, one or two 20-30 minute meditation sessions a day can have lasting benefits to deal with stress. Meditation can even help to control the blood pressure and heart rate significantly.

 

3.) SAY NO TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL-

Elimination of drugs and mild to moderate consumption of alcohol are important for the successful management of stress. We know that when stressed people tend to rely on these substances to relieve stress. This attempt to mask stress with drugs and alcohol prevents the person from facing the problem directly. Consequently they are not able to cope up with stress effectively.

Even prescription drugs for anxiety, like diazepam or alprazolam can act in the same way. So, these medications should only be used only under the strict guidance of a physician.

 

4.) TAKE BREAKS FROM WORK-

Chronic stress is harmful. Take a lunch break and in this time do not talk about your work. Instead take a walk. A coffee break is also refreshing. Use weekends to relax, and don't schedule many events so that you have time to relax. Take regular vacations.

 

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