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Feeling Very Stressful? Find Out Why, Deal With It and Become More Stress Resistant!

Feeling Very Stressful? Find Out Why, Deal With It and Become More Stress Resistant!

Stress simply means the way an individual reacts to things that happens to him or her. Stress can be caused by different reasons and factors as it differs.

The question most people ask is, what are the causes of stress? There are different reasons why people get stressed. These differ from individual to individual. What might be the cause of stress for one may not cause even the least stress foe another person. But, there are some common causes of stress which are:

  • Death of people we love such as good friend, family, close pet and relatives.
  • Issues that are related to health such as victim of accident, getting injured, having difficulties with a disease and even pregnancy. For this to cause stress you don’t have to be the victim, it could be your family or friend.
  • Sexual issues. This may involve problems with regard to finding a partner or problems with a current partner. It could also be sexual problems with a girlfriend or a boyfriend.
  • Relocating to new location. This type of stress is very common for young children who are already adapted to a particular place.
  • Financial problems. These could be as a result of not having enough money or having a lot of loan to pay and other debts.

Also as there are different causes of stress, there are also diverse ways to deal with stress which include the 10 listed below.

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1. Always take breaks from work to refresh and relax.

All work and no play they say makes jack a dull boy, in the event that hard work takes place of regular meaningful breaks. Discussion of work should be put off during this break while relaxing the mind for ten minutes. Such short breaks are extremely recuperating. Initially, you may feel uneasy since you have pending work lying on the table, but if you learn to relax you will find that you are far more efficient after the break.

2. Reduce your caffeine intake, especially during your breaks.

Reduction of stimulant drinks like caffeine is greatly advised, though it may seem like it helps you fight stressful situations by keeping you more alert and ready; it is harmful in the long run. Don’t resort to a cup of coffee in each break that you have. Opt for green tea in case you need to drink something.

3. You are not obliged to do everyone’s work, learn to say “no”.

Saying ‘no’ when asked to help with work is sometimes helpful. Taking more work than you can possibly achieve can be overwhelming. Just because you feel that you can achieve something does not mean that you should take it on personally. After all, there are only a certain number of hours in a day and you do need to adjust sleeping time, relaxation time and time for yourself and family in the same number of hours.

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4. Exercise regularly to clear your body and mind.

Releasing some of the energy that you have aids in relaxing the body and mind. Not only is exercise good for stress reduction, it keeps you in shape as well and makes you feel better about yourself. Exercising for about half an hour in the morning can leave you fresh and geared up to face the challenges of the day. The same time spent in the evening can help you get a good night’s sleep.

5. Make sure you have enough sleep.

Depriving yourself from much needed sleep causes additional stress. There are obvious lapses that are likely to take place and these lapses at work or at home create situations that can cause further stress. An eight-hour sleep routine is a ‘must’, no matter the amount of work that you have to do!

6. Have fun and do things that make you happy.

Laughter is indeed the best medicine for any issue and that holds for stress too. Sometimes we get so bogged down with the schedules and stresses of daily life that we forget to have fun. Try and watch movies and shows that are funny. Even slapstick comedy can make you laugh; something that is beneficial for your mental and physical health.

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7. Spend time and hang out with friends to relieve stress.

Human relation and human contact is a necessity in reducing tension. Ensure that you keep contact and spend time with friends. Speaking to people whom you believe is a great stress reliever. All of us have at some point or another felt at ease after downloading a painful, irritating or frustrating event onto a friend.

8. Take some time to meditate and de-stress.

Thinking about happy memories or clearing your mind of sad past keeps you grounded in the moment. Meditation helps you to stay and live in the moment. Majority of the stress that body encounters is not due to the situation as such but how we perceive it. Different people may react differently to a stressful situation. When you meditate regularly, you tend to develop a lot of insight and a detached attitude. As a result, things that used to cause lot of stress earlier may seem frivolous to you now. As a result, you tend to become more calm and relaxed.

9. A well-balanced diet can keep your body in a healthy state.

Make sure that you consume a balanced diet and stay away from indulging in fast food and other foods that can be unhealthy to your body. A very healthy body is capable of handling stress than a sick body. Other than the quantity and quality of the food, the manner in which you consume food is also important. Ensure that you eat slowly and in a relaxed state of mind.

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10. Adopt or develop a hobby to truly relax.

Hobbies can be a great way to relieve stress. They are activities that you can do without the constant fear of someone evaluating you or being critical of you (as may be the case at work). While hobbies like listening to music and reading will take your mind off your worries, creative hobbies like painting, gardening and the like can help in increasing your self esteem too.

Stress is like a leaking fountain. The earlier you fix it, the better. Leaving it unattended will only make the matter worse.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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