Stress is a difficult thing to deal with. Fast approaching deadlines, pending mails, unavailable cabs, etc are just some of the stressors that you come across in your day to day life. When in stress, your mind goes into fight or flight mode and your body starts to act up; your heart beats faster, breathing rate increases and your muscles get all tensed up.
Stress is the evil aunt whose only purpose in life is to make your life miserable and relaxation seems like the prince charming that you have been waiting for. Unfortunately, due to the humdrums of your daily routine, notjing ever seems to work in your favour.
In a time where everything is quick and convenient, here are some quick and convenient stress hacks that will help you relieve your stress instantly.
Mindful breathing: Believe it or not, nothing takes your mind off stress like mindful breathing. Let go of everything at hand, close your eyes and indulge in slow and rhythmic breathing. This increases the flow of blood to your body and brain and will activate the vagus nerve in your body- a nerve that is linked with all the major organs of the body. It also helps slow down the fight or flight response of the body.
Listen to some upbeat music: When nothing seems to be working in your favour, stop everything and listen to music. Ideally, choose songs that you know the lyrics to and lowkey jam to its tunes. A playlist of 3 good head-banging tracks is all you need to get your head back in the game.
Take a walk: Many a time, we feel stressed because of sitting for a very long time. If you find yourself staring at your computer screen till you can take it no more, just take a quick walk. Get an update on the follow-up mail from the colleague who sits in the other corner of the room, make yourself some hot coffee or make a quick call to catch up with your friend. Just remember that whatever you do, stay on your feet.
Prioritize quickly: The main reason for stress is the piling up of tasks. With tasks coming from every nook and corner, you feel like you are trapped under Mount Stress-imanjaro. If you have too much on your plate, quickly make a list of all the tasks that are on high priority and work your way down. Striking off the big ones first will help reduce stress and make room in your head for productivity.
Turn your stress to motivation: As difficult as it sounds, at the end of the day, stress is all in the mind. Channel your fight or flight mode in the right way and make stress work to your advantage to get things done. Think of the relief and peace of mind that will come your way when you are done with all your stressful tasks for the day and positively reinforce yourself to get work done.
Time may not be on your side but these stress hacks definitely are! Go ahead and fight stress like a pro with these hacks. We are rooting for you!
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