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HOW TO STOP STRESSING AND START LIVING

Mudassar Hassan

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The fast-paced nature of life today has made life more stressful. You might feel that there is so much work to be done and so little time for that. These reasons can cause stress. It has detrimental effects on one’s health and mental well-being.

Stress can be prevented or minimised by following simple steps. For some, it may be working out with their home gym equipment. And for others, gardening is a stress-busting activity. Find out what is an activity that calms your mind, and do it more often. Hiking, gardening, and surfing are some of the favourite hobbies of Australians.

Here are a few activities you can do that will help relieve stress.

Meditation

Mindfulness is quintessential for one’s peace of mind. One needs to find their centre of peace, even on a busy day, to alleviate stress. Spiritual prayers offer this solace for some. Others can just close their eyes for a few minutes and consciously tell yourself to relax and take long breaths.

Running around doing things throughout the day and keeping the brain ceaselessly busy tires it. Pausing and letting the mind not worry about anything for a while can help you find the much-needed balance.

Living for the day

One of the significant contributors to stress is the fear of the future. One continuously tries to devise plans and dreams to make tomorrow better. In this struggle, you forget to enjoy the day you have. When our plans do not work out, they add to the stress as well. The only known remedy for this is to live in the moment every day. Immerse yourselves in the task you are doing without worrying about the upcoming one. In this way, one can reduce anxiety.

Exercise

Exercising has numerous boons, and one among them is reducing stress. Working out on your home gym equipment can inhibit the production of Cortisol, which is a stress hormone. It counteracts the effects of stress by encouraging the production of hormones such as Norepinephrine and releases endorphins, both of which help you experience more happiness and health. With the current pandemic that is gripping our planet, using our gym equipment at home is a safer way of staying fit.

Diet

The importance of diet for stress relief cannot be stressed enough. Fat and sugar-laced foods are alluring quick-fix for hunger pangs. But would you want to sacrifice your health and happiness for a temporal pleasure? These foods can be taken in moderation. However, when consumed in large quantities, they make you more tired.

Having too much fast-food can cause metabolic disorders such as obesity, heart issues, diabetes, etc. So have a well-balanced diet that incorporates vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, and so on. If you are a vegan, have a nutritional diet chart to track your intake and ensure you get all the required nutrients.

Have an open-mind

Any situation that happens against one’s wishes can augment stress. To prevent this from happening, you have to learn to embrace situations as they come. Without forcing or wanting it to be the way you want it to be. This is the only known way to avoid and overcome disappointments. You might have heard the cliched statement that you are to turn your impediments into opportunities. It is true because one cannot manipulate the external environment. The only thing one can truly control is one’s reaction to it.

Follow these steps regularly to enjoy a stress-free, contented life.

Mudassar Hassan brings 6 years of experience in helping grass roots, mid-sized organizations and large institutions strengthen their management and resource generating capacities and effectively plan for the future. He is also a mentor and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines. He is also the gold medalist from Abbottabad University of Science and Technology in the Bachelors of Sciences of Computer Science