In this fast-developing world, to catch up with others, we have to try our best to do everything best. We are so tired and life is full of emotional stress as a result of challenges, and at times, it simply reached the peak of emotional exhaustion, far beyond our threshold of pain. That’s it! I’ve had enough!” You may subconsciously utter these words.
Formerly the word “burn out” is used to describe busted electric bulbs. Somehow, the word burnout came to the origin and is now also used to describe the effects of stress or emotional drain in humans. For light bulbs, it is irreversible. Fortunately for humans, stress and anxiety are only temporary stress management techniques and self-help stress reduction remedies are readily available to get us out of this predicament.
The following are 8 useful tips for Managing Stress:
1. Indulge. It’s quite common to hear from somebody: “I just want to get home and soak myself in a bathtub.” Quite true, this can help overcome burnout. Better yet, go to a spa where you can get a stress reduction package from massage to whirlpool baths.
2. Take time out to savor the fresh scent of nature, especially flowers. The sight and the fragrance that flowers bring can be a great relief to a tired, irritated, or dragged feeling. If you love nature, nothing is more invigorating than flowers and plants. They represent nature in its true essence.
3. Examine the cause of stress and anxiety. Is it the result of doing something you don’t like to do, yet you have to face it just the same. In such a case, picture in your mind, an image of what you would like to do and substitute this image to the thing you don’t like to do. Picture yourself doing something your heart wants to do instead of what your brain tells you to do. Somehow, this strategy of imagery helps to lessen the tiring weight of the thing you despise to act upon. In this stress relieving process, your task gets done with less resistance on your part and it would even probably reach the point that you would enjoy doing it. Before you even know it, the job is already done and probably with favorable results.
4. Gather physical energy with energy food like Ginseng. You can get it at most health food stores. You can either take it as a tea drink or mix it in your cooking for a wholesome meal. Ginseng comes in a variety of strengths. The more potent it is, the better your physical (and mental) performance will be. If you’re not very familiar with it, just ask your health food store representative and they will gladly help with it.
5. Take time out to regain your composure. Emotional stress or burnout can be equated to an individual who could use a time out from the hustles of life. This is similar to a coach of a basketball team asking for a time out to come up with a winning game plan when his team is not playing at its peak. Managing stress also means taking advantage of this time out to meditate and relax those frenzied nerves.
6. Take time out to empty your mind. Pick up and round up useful memories and discard those damaging emotions and negative thoughts.
7. Discover newfound freedom, free from the emotional drain. Go on a picnic with the family, a camping trip out in the woods, or a weekend excursion to a totally different environment.
8. Listen to relaxing music. It lifts you emotionally. You may want to choose specific sounds that can relieve a person from stress like soft classical melodies.
For me, I prefer the first tip: take a bath in my bathroom, in this way, I can achieve not only physical refresh but also mental relief.