Practical Ways To Deal With Stress

A report published on the BBC website yesterday states ‘Work pressures during the recession have caused a big rise in mental health problems’.

A survey for Mind suggests that one in 11 British workers has been to the GP for stress and anxiety from the financial squeeze.Their survey of 2,050 workers found that about a third were working harder and nearly half worried about the security of their jobs because of the recession.

Nine per cent had been to their GP as a direct result of pressure related to the financial squeeze, and 7% were prescribed medicines like anti-depressants to help them cope. One in five said work stress had made them physically ill, and one in four had been reduced to tears at work because of unmanageable pressure. (Culled From The BBC Website)

These figures are frightening and I am also guilty of getting into situations that would increase my stress levels but I’m beginning to exercise caution.

I think it’s important to blog on the effects of being stressed once again (I’ve written about it before) with a view to expanding various ways of dealing with it as well as showing statiscal evidence of how people are being affected by it daily.

What is stress?

The NHS (United Kingdom) defines stress as the way that you feel when pressure is placed on you. It goes on further to state; a little bit of pressure can be productive, motivating and improve your performance in daily activities. However, too much or prolonged pressure can lead to stress, which is unhealthy for the mind, body and soul.

The common signs include:

  • Increased irritability or sensitivity to criticism
  • Changes in sleep patterns: difficulty in getting to sleep or waking very early
  • Increased consumption of alcohol or cigarettes
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of concentration

The physical effects of stress:

  • Racing heartbeat
  • high blood pressure
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Panic attacks
  • Loss of appetite

The aim of this post is to highlight the impact of stress on your life as well as SOUND THE ALARM and suggest useful ways of dealing with it. 

Some times,you think you’ve got everything under control and your body has adjusted to different time scales, activities or conditions. Can I share a secret with you? YOU MAY BE WRONG.(i’m beginning to sound like my dad laugh!!) There’ve been a few times I noticed the warning signals and had to cut back on a lot of projects/activities in order to give myself a break.

Go On, GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!!!

In no particular order, here are practical ways to deal with stress;

  • Identify the causes of your stress and take immediate steps to resolve them once you notice them creeping up.
  • Worry less. It’s easier said than done but you must make a conscious effort to reduce your level of worrying.
  • Be realistic with your expectations and don’t bite off more than you can chew because you either end up spitting it out or choking on it. You need to know your limits and avoid taking on too many things. Saying no to a few things or being assertive may be upsetting in the short term but rewarding in the future.
  • Appreciate who, what, whom you are. Give yourself some credit and be positive about who you are.
  • Manage your time properly and effectively. It’s important you avoid procrastinating, prioritise all your projects and activities with a view to getting the best results.
  • Express your feelings cautiously and not in aggressive manner.
  • Develop healthy habits.
  • Eat healthy foods, regular and well balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly. A bit of walking, running, jogging, going to the gym…. won’t do any harm.
  • Wipe off that frown and laugh pleaseeeeeee. Laughter helps to reduce tension.
  • Learn to adopt the principle of forgiveness. Sometimes we get stressed, hurt or offended by the actions of people, but it’s important we have an attitude of forgiveness.
  • Do something you enjoy every day
  • This might be upsetting and slightly controversial but if you can, Avoid people who wind you up, stress you out and see nothing good in what you do.’
  • Keep your sense of humour
  • Steer clear from unnecessary and unwanted conflicts or disputes. Arguing, shouting… ends up raising your blood pressure.
  • Sometimes you need come to terms with the difficult situations you can’t change at the moment(it’s a bit controversial). Living on the principle of being hopeful and optimistic will aid in reducing your levels of stress.
  • Get some sleep. Take some time out to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. Relaxation techniques include breathing exercises, massage, complimentary therapies………
  • Spend a few minutes praying.
  • Don’t subject your body to various forms of drug abuse, excessive alcohol intake, overeating…. with the hope of reducing your stress levels. They only complicate issues.
  • Reduce the urge to SPEND, SPEND SPEND and avoid getting into more unnecessary debt.
  • Interact with friends and family. A problem shared is a problem solved.
  • Sometimes change is absolutely necessary. Your views, perspectives on certain issues may need to change in order to move forward.
  • Work hard and smarter, but avoid working too hard pushing yourself beyond limits.(I’m guilty of this)
  • Do things for someone else; wait for it…… FOR FREE!!! The Canadian Mental Health Association says giving time for free “gives a sense of purpose and satisfaction that paid work cannot”. Volunteer your time in projects that would help put a smile on the faces of people
  •  Take a break from your work desk, laptop, folders, files….
  •  Think of your current crisis as a challenge. This could be an exciting  adventure rather than a disaster.
  • Seek professional help when necessary.

Once again the aim of the post is point out the impact of stress and suggests various ways of dealing with it.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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31 Comments

Dia

about 4 years ago

Excellent article Ayo. Stress is one of the main things that cause depression. Exactly, praying is one of the best things to do to alleviate stress. Also, exercising as you mention helps a lot. Living a balanced life is a great way to fight stress and to remain happy. Thanks my friend for the very informative article :) .-= Dia´s last blog ..How to attract money and wealth? =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi dia, how are you? it's great to see you here once again and read your comments. take care and enjoy the rest of the day.

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Kim

about 4 years ago

Hi Ayo, How are you? Every so often I feel a tap on my shoulder that says, 'Hey! Time to shift focus, create balance and recharge!' Thank you for the gentle reminder here and in your Tweet. I'm being mindful of potential stress and how I'm spending my time :) I value your support. Be well, Kim .-= Kim´s last blog ..Develop Your Creative Mind =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi kim, how are you? i hope you are taking time out to rest and getting enough sleep lol!! in the last few days my sleep has been PRECIOUS!! you take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day

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Parker Lee | howtomingle.com

about 4 years ago

Hey Ayo, How are ya? I think my favorite way to relieve stress would be, "Express your feelings cautiously and not in aggressive manner." Probably because I used to have such a short temper, and this was something that took me awhile to finally tame, but once I did, my daily chores became seamless... Parker .-= Parker Lee | howtomingle.com´s last blog ..9 Ways To Say I Like You =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi parker how are you? thanks for stopping by and it's great to know once gained full control of your temper, your stress levels reduced. take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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emmanuel

about 4 years ago

this couldn't have been posted at a better time because i am so stressed. thanks ayo

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi emmanuel, how are you? hope things take a turn for the better. take good care of yourself

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Cheryl Paris

about 4 years ago

Hi Ayo, Nowadays stress is kind of an important part of ones life. Usually because of the layoffs in the industries many and more employees are always under stress may be they are ones on the list. As nowadays the companies main motive is cost cutting and it is irrelevant being a good performer. Good tips to make sure that people know how to cope with stress and see its first symptoms. Bye for now, Cheryl .-= Cheryl Paris´s last blog ..Act Now: Why You Should Never Wait =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi cheryl, how are you? as i mentioned on your blog, thanks for spreading your cheer on this blog through commenting, you've raised important points here worth spending time to think about take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day.

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Baker

about 4 years ago

Ayo, I really enjoy reading your lists when describing the how-to's for solutions to common issues that people may face. These tips spark new creative ideas for everyone to truly find benefit from when stress begins to show up. Nice post!

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi baker, how are you? i am glad you enjoyed this post. take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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Laure n

about 4 years ago

Dear Ayo, This is such an important topic. I know I become extremely "busy" these days. It helps that I love what I'm doing, yet I've still needed to become aware and nurture my self. I find that working in a beautiful place really reduces stress (like, as you know, I'm at Esalen at the moment and I don't feel like I'm working when I'm in such a beautiful place even though I was in the lodge until 1:30 am working on a project). That may not be the best advice for a stress post, but I use this tool often and it makes all the difference for me. For example, I go to my favorite coffeehouse to work sometimes and I get to chat a bit, listen to some music, etc...while I'm working and it feels relaxing to me. Also, I find that paying attention to where I place my focus is powerful for me. I remind myself to focus on what is working, what feels good, and what is going well for me. All the good in life and dwelling on that really helps me reduce my stress level. Thanks for another excellent post Ayo! Warm regards, Lauren .-= Laure n´s last blog ..Separation & Divorce: The Ugly & The Beautiful =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi lauren, how are you? i know you are enjoying esalen because your posts give that impression(laugh!!!) chatting at the coffee house appears relaxing and if it's accompanied by a nice english breakfast FANTASTIC. take care and enjoy your break

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Clearly Composed

about 4 years ago

Hi Ayo! Such a great list of stress busters! I am very aware of when I am stressed now and use many of those tips above to get relief from it. What strikes me funny now is all the years I loved with huge stress, and its effects, and had no idea I was carrying that burden. I just thought that's how life "felt". I am soooooooooo glad I was wrong!! All the best to you, C.C. .-= Clearly Composed´s last blog ..~ What Are You Feeding Your Mind Today? =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi cc how are you? there are so many unnecessary things we carry around with the notion it's meant to be that way.i hope this post will serve as an eye opener to someone out there. take care and enjoy the rest of the day.

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Sibyl - alternaview

about 4 years ago

Ayo: Great post. Being stressed is such an easy trap to fall into. Things just seem to add up and if we let them get a hold of us, we look up and we are stressed. I think the list you shared is such a good one and we all need an approach and things we can rely on to help us manage ourselves out of stress. For me, it is about taking regular breaks and exercising. .-= Sibyl - alternaview´s last blog ..What You Must Do if You Want an Amazing Relationship =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi sibyl, how are you? i couldnt agree more with the suggestions of taking regular breaks and exercising. take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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Therese Miu

about 4 years ago

You are so right! We are on the same wavelength. I think you did the benefits of happiness and I totally resonated with your message. I’m finding that the more my schedule gets crazy jam-packed and hectic the more I have to INCREASE alone time solitude, silence, meditation etc.. Also being surrounded around nature has helped me tremendously. The last few days here I have literally walked around the park by myself gazed at the moon for an hour and connecting with the essence of life gives me VITALITY and energy. Thank You Ayo for the continued friendship! I find your posts very valuable and I love coming back here to refill my energy as well. .-= Therese Miu´s last blog ..3 *Powerful* Ways to bring Balance & Energy into your day =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi therese, how are you? thanks for your kind words.its great to be on the same wavelength in terms of blog posts lol!! take care an enjoy the rest of the day.

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Karen

about 4 years ago

Hi Ayo, Such an important article and message, especially considering the state of the economy these days. It's not just the economy of course, but it affects everything else that stresses us out. I know two people from work who are currently on stress leave and have myself entertained going on stresss leave a prior position. It's not fun to be continually in that situation and you've given not just some pointers to consider but some action steps that we can do to alleviate the stress in our lives. Thanks for sharing. Karen .-= Karen´s last blog ..The Next Step In Finding Meaning For Your Life =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi karen, how are you? i agree it's not fun at all. i sure hope it gets better for the 2 people at work and they can overcome stress to a reasonable level and resume work effectively take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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Ben Weston

about 4 years ago

Hey Ayo, You know, I wondered at times, "Is it possible that Ayo doesn't get stressed despite his 523 some projects?" I know you have a lot on your plate much of the time, so I'm glad to hear that you occasionally take a break! My favorite tactic has always been to just put away my laptop and spend time with people I love. Sometimes there isn't anything to "solve", fix, or optimize. Sometimes it's just a matter of giving yourself a break and doing something that feels good! I hope you're doing well Ayo! Take care, Ben .-= Ben Weston´s last blog ..I Messed Up Royally =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

lol!!! ben 523 projects no way!!! i'm trying to be like you. i am doing well thank you. i try as much as i can to rest although ..... but i have my family, friends, mentors, bloggers.... to thank for all the support. take care

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Faizal Nisar

about 4 years ago

I think exercise goes a long way in beating stress. Also, a lot of stress can be avoided if we just approach things differently, in a more positive way then negative. We should focus more on solutions rather than problems. .-= Faizal Nisar´s last blog ..Get Yourself To Take Action =-.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi faizal how are you? you hit the nail on the head in saying we should take a positive view/approach to things take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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Ralph

about 4 years ago

Great idea. An unconventional way to deal with stress is to outsource it. AJ Jacobs in his book "The Guinea Pig Dairies" told one of his assistants to worry about a business deal for him for one hour a day. He said that it was amazing how good it felt to know that he didn't have to worry about something because someone else was worrying about it for him. I've tried this with my assistants. It sounds crazy, but it works.

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Ayo Olaniyan

about 4 years ago

hi ralph how are you? great to have you here and your contribution sounds amusing. It's worth giving it a try laugh!!! take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the day

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Ben Tien

about 4 years ago

Hi Ayo, We all experience stress in our lives, especially in these turbulent times. Stress can have different symptoms depending upon the severity of the stress you are experiencing. In some cases, these symptoms can be signs of serious physical or psychological issues that could require professional help. And thanks for this article to answer the question "How to deal with the stress" Ben Tien´s last blog post ..NLP Pacing and Leading for Persuasion

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Haley

about 3 years ago

Great post.Thank for your sharing. Agree that give ourselves a break.We should manage our time reasonable If we don't want to stress when we're so busy.And we should take care of our health,we can work well Haley´s last blog post ..Lip plumper

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