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We all are subjected to stress every now and then. For teens like me, college, assignments, social life, growing up tensions, roaming with friends, extracurricular activities, frequent trips to malls and of course – street shopping! – Life is hectic! For some people, it happens before having to speak in public. For others, it might be before a first date. What causes stress for you may not be stressful for someone else. I had stressed out once during a routine class test to the extent that I forgot everything I had studied … I couldn’t answer my paper and ended up failing the test. 🙁
What is Stress
Basically stress is “wear and tear” our body experiences while adjusting to environmental changes or sudden changes in life. Extreme stress conditions are detrimental to health but in moderation stress is normal and, in many cases, proves useful. Stress, as positive influence, can compel us to action and as negative influence results in feelings of disruption, anger, rejection and depression which can lead to variety of health problems. Today, with the rapid diversification of human activity, we come face to face with numerous causes of stress and the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
There can be different origins of stress- these are of three types – social, physical and psychological. Life’s events, changing environment and situations affect the individual which results in stress. Stress management is the need of the hour. However hard we try to go beyond a stress situation, life seems to find new ways of stressing us out and plaguing us with anxiety attacks. Hence I thought of writing this article to BUST THAT STRESS AWAY. 😀
Below are some ways to deal with stress:
• LISTEN TO THOSE PERFECT TUNES
When you’re stressed, just locate a cosy corner or lock up in your room and tune out the world. Listening to music and playing an instrument soothes the mind and relaxes it.
• PRACTICE YOGA AND MEDITATION
Yoga and meditation are very good as stress busters. It calms the body and relaxes it and also instils discipline. I encourage everyone to learn breathing techniques – these will definitely help you fight stress. You can relax by either lying down or sitting, then start by rhythmic breathing in and out. Chanting “OM” is very soothing. Shavasan, makarasan, bhujanasan, pranayam are some of the whole body relaxing techniques.
• GIRL’S NIGHT IN (PAJAMA PARTY!)
This is every teen girl’s favourite- at least it is my favourite way to bust stress. Just call up all your girlfriends ( I hav my GF’S calling themselves “G-GANG” hehehe) and best friends, laze around in your pajama, celebrate a lazy day (IF U HAVE ONE), lounge around and watch movies – all romantic or comedy ones. My G-gang n me .. we luv to gather up and gossip. GOSSIPING is a sure short STRESS BUSTERS.. even our mentors encourage to gossip for an hour everyday in order to cope up with our PhD project stress.
• TONS OF FRESH AIR
I suggest going for one- hour walk after school, college, work or even every early mornings. It keeps our minds clear and you get breath of fresh air in bargain 🙂
• TALK IT OUT
If you are not a gossiping kind – NO WORRIES!! If you’re very stressed out- talk it out with your friends or mom or anyone you are comfortable with. Sharing always helps. They may not necessarily fix your problems but talking always helps your mind.
• WORK OUT!
Sometimes you really get stressed out about small things like college, meeting deadlines, friends and family. This builds up negative energy and feelings and we tend to hurt our loved ones. To relive stress, plug in your ipod and crank up the volume. Then go out for a run or you can even do sit-ups, continue to do them until you exhausted. Exercise releases endorphins- which are responsible to make you feel good and happy!! It also improves circulation. Thus you will be turning your stress which is bad for you into something beneficial.
• ME TIME
Spend a little time with yourself all alone. A day with myself is always relaxing. Read books you left halfway, paint your nails, head to a spa for aromatherapy, turn on your favourite songs. “ME TIME” is sheer bliss.
• PEN DOWN THOSE FEELINGS
Sometimes it absolutely necessary to let things out of you. If you can’t talk to someone, if always helps to write down everything your feelings in a journal or dairy. A journal or dairy is a best friend and de-stressing savior of many girls.
This is my favoriteeeeeeee of all— bust your stress by spraying your favourite perfume. At least it de-stresses me from all my usual madnessss. . . HEHEHEEHE
SO WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY OF BUSTING STRESS??