HOW TO AVOID STRESS
Charging or rebooting is necessary for every tool to operate at optimum efficiency. You charge your phone to download, take pictures, to make or receive calls. If you don’t charge it, it will be off and you won’t make or receive calls. You will be isolated from the world, and you will be stressed and depressed. You also reboot your computer from time to time so it could install updates that will allow all applications to operate at optimum efficiency. You must give your mind the chance to refresh and rejuvenate itself, just like you do with your phone and computer.
We live in a very busy world, we have many responsibilities which requires us to multi-task. We find work and live in stressful environments. In trying to please other people or concerned with our reputation, we commit to unrealistic deadlines and still take care of our families successfully. But we tend to forget about the engine – our mind. Your mind is like a car engine, which needs an overhaul from time to time to continue to run, and so that you don’t experience a breakdown. When you don’t allow your mind the chance to refresh and rejuvenate itself, you’re denying it the chance to reach peak performance, and possibly even running it down to zero, at which point it’s physically incapable of performing the very task it was designed to do.
NEUROSCIENCE OF STRESS
Stress is not always bad. It can be a good thing, helping the body and brain to stay alert – we need that. I am referring to short term stress, where the glucose levels increase, heart rate speeds, and the blood flow to muscles in your arms and legs increase – allowing you to respond to a threat. The system returns to normal after the danger. Chronic stress on the other hand is very dangerous as it can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety.
Chronic stress can make you feel stupid, sick, and slow. It can cause the brain, nervous systems, and your behaviour to adjust to a vigilant and reactive state. It can weaken your immune system. In response to the cause, soaring stress hormones, like cortisol, paired with a boost of adrenaline can paralyze the brain critical abilities, not focusing on the task, but instead shifting attention to the cause of stress. This result to poor performance. It can negatively affect the way you learn and intake information. Your ability to regulate your behaviour and emotions, memory, pay attention, learning, peace, happiness are all compromised. You may have trouble sleeping.
Negative energy leads to stress, burnout, feeling exhausted, hopeless, impatient, defensive, angry and fear. This result to low output.
Burnout is a result of an unbalanced life. We are supposed to work during the day, and sleep at night to eliminate the heavy baggage we carried during the day. But if you try to accomplish too many things during the day, committing to unrealistic deadlines, and carry all that baggage all day long, you won’t be able to eliminate it all at night, instead you will have sleepless nights. And if you continue living such a stressful life you will be exhausted, unable to think clearly and feel hopeless.
Positive energy result in high performance, feeling optimistic, engaged, care free, and relieved. To maintain a positive energy and avoid stress you must be health conscious, rejuvenate, be realistic, stay positive, say no, and meditate.
Take care of yourself – look after your mind and body. Eat healthy, watch your diet and portions. Drink enough water to remain hydrated. Exercise can boost your self confidence and social interaction, it aids in relieving stress by producing the feel-good neurotransmitters along with endorphins which help in mood regulation. But it is important to go for exercise test by a qualified physician, to check the capability level of your heart to handle workout load, and to know the type and level of exercise you can perform. Last but not least, maintain good sleeping patterns.
Take a break from time to time between big projects, take a vacation after the end of a financial year. Help your body and mind to recover, and gain more energy and be ready for the next tasks.
Be yourself, don’t pretend to be something you are not. Don’t try to be someone else because you will never succeed, instead you will lose the best of you. Don’t compare yourself to someone else, because we are different, we all have different stories and life paths. My weaknesses could be your strengths, and we stumble and succeed at different times in life. People don’t always portray their true image. Save yourself from deceit and disappointment. Don’t envy other people, but find the best in you and develop it. Don’t chase time or be a slave of time, Do things at your own pace. You are responsible for your own wellbeing and happiness. So do what you like, what is good for you, something that makes you happy.
Always focus on the positive things in your life. Even when in pain, try to find the good in your pain. Don’t focus on the negatives, you will accomplish nothing. Focusing on the negatives will cause more harm.
Never try to please people at your expense. Friends and family expectations can be unrealistic. Never commit yourself in a deadline without proper estimation of the effort. Only do things that make you feel good about yourself. Be disciplined, financially and otherwise. Create boundaries to ensure that you live a balanced life.
Meditation will not only keep you calm and relaxed during the session, but it will remove stress from your body at the cellular level so that you gain more energy, as stress levels decrease – making it easy to handle the demands of your life. There are different schools of meditation, but Mindfulness or Transcendental Meditation can suite every lifestyle.