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Dealing with stress

August 27, 2015

All of us are affected by stress at some point or the other, and it not only affects our mind but also our body

Stress is an integral part of our lives especially once we start growing up. How it makes us miss the carefree days when we were younger and had nothing to worry about. All of us are affected by stress at some point or the other, and it has an impact not only on our mind but also on our body. Body and mind are closely related. You must have noticed that when you are happy, you feel like doing a lot of things — like going out, dressing up, or catching up with friends. On the other hand, when you are low, you are super lethargic and don’t even want to get up from your bed. Also, when you are stressed, you will go through physical symptoms such as sweating, restlessness, lethargy , sleeplessness, etc.

So how does one deal with stress? Well, there are no sure short ways, but some common practices could help you cope.

Maintaining a balance: Plan your week such that you devote adequate time for your studies as well as for fun time. It is important to not mix up the two, so when it’s time to study, focus on your studies and when it’s time to have fun, just focus on having fun. Let not your fun time be all about watching TV, but also constitutes hobbies.

Sleeping and eating well: An average student needs 8 to 9 hours of sleep every day. But due to homework, exams and submissions, one might end up sleeping less and working more. Ensure that this does not go on for a long time, as sleep deprivation can harm your health. It is important that you manage proper amount of sleep by cutting down on TV or Internet time. Same goes for eating right as well. It is important that you have your daily dose of nutrients in order to help your body function normally. Eating less or inappropriate food items, or skipping meals could lead to serious health issues.

Prioritising: Having too many things on our plate may lead to a lot of stress. Segregate your activities into a priority list. This will help you remove the extra activities that can be avoided at the moment and in turn, focus on activities that require your immediate attention.

Being realistic: We do have a tendency to sometimes expect a little too much from ourselves. But it is very important that one does not set unrealistic expectations or goals, as this will definitely lead to a lot of stress on not being able to achieve or having difficulty in achieving the set goals. Understand your capabilities and set realistic goals to avoid stress.

Talking it out: Keeping quiet never helps, it is always better to share your feelings with someone you trust. You may talk to a parent, friend, sibling or teacher, who may be able to guide you on how to deal with your stress in a positive and productive manner or refer you to someone who might help you out.

Engaging in physical activity: Physical activities help bring down the stress levels, as they lead to the production of stress relieving hormones in our body. You could engage in any physical activity, such as cycling, swimming, walking, biking, etc. Thinking positive: As William James once rightly said, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over the other,” it is important for us to deal with stress by focusing on positive thoughts. One must avoid worrying and thinking too much about things one cannot do anything about; and rather count one’s blessing and have faith in our abilities.

Sindu Aven is Academic head of Kidzee & Mount Litera Zee School

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