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Stress - Don't Let It Overcome You

Feeling "stressed-out"? Well, don't worry - you're normal. Most of us experience stress from the pressures of everyday life either at work or at home. Stress is nor always bad - it can act as a driving force for us to complete certain tasks and help bring out the best in us. Soma people are able to handle stress well. Others experience a rapid pulse, a pounding heart, irritability, disturbed sleep and poor concentration. Learn to control stress before it takes control of you. Here arc some tips:

Be Realistic

Don't set unrealistic goals, know your limits and accept them.

Recognise That Stress Is Part And Parcel Of Life

Remember that you are nor the only one who is under stress - it's just that some people are handling stress better. You can be one of them.

Make Time For Leisure Activities And Other Forms Of Relaxation

Take up a bobby or a sport or learn relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing exercises.

List Your Problems

It is only by knowing what causes the stresses in our lives that we can start to deal with these causes one at a time.

Plan Your Day

You will be able to spread out your tasks more manageably, throughout the day.

Share Your Problems

Don't keep them to yourself. Share your problems with someone you can trust.

Realise Your Weaknesses

Recognise and improve on those weak spots in your social or work life which tend to give rise to stressful situations.

Take A Break

Take a break and do something you enjoy like going on a holiday or a shopping spree if this is possible.

Learn To Say "NO"

Be assertive. You don't have to say "Yes" all the time.

Believe In Yourself

Tell yourself you have handled difficult problems or stressful situations before - you can do it again.

Grace Under Pressure

Everyone encounters stress on a daily basis and there are some people who deal with the situation better than others. Though experts say that there is no best way to cope with stress as it all depends on the individual, We poses questions to Dr Adrian, consultant psychiatrist, about coping with being under pressure.

What Are My Treatment Options Should I Be Badly Affected By Stress - Be It At Work, At Home Or In General?

You should learn to control stress, before it controls you. You can start with simple, common-sense methods improving your relaxation skills using yoga, meditation or visual imagery, for example. Learn to manage your time effectively-prioritise, drop unnecessary tasks, and do not procrastinate.

Balance your life with sufficient rest, exercise and healthy eating. If these self-help methods do not work, seek professional help in the form of counselling or psychotherapy to help you understand the causes and effects of your stress. There are also medications available for people whose stress levels are bad enough to impact their ability to function effectively.

Will I Have To Take Any Sort Of Medication? If So, For. How Long?

Medication may be prescribed by your doctor in some instances. In the short term, tranquillizers and sleeping pills may alleviate tension and help you relax easier. These medications are safe to use, but are usually prescribed for no more than a few months. Antidepressant medications may be used over the longer term; these work by normalising chemical imbalances in your brain which cause anxiety. Antidepressants are prescribed over a longer period, usually for three months to a year.

What Side Effects Can I Expect From The Medication?

Medications may have the potential to cause side effects, but they are usually mild and easily managed. Tranquillizers may cause some sleepiness, while antidepressants may cause some nausea. Side effects are usually experienced early- during the first week of treatment-but they wear off subsequently as the body gets used to the medication.

Can I Do Anything To Prevent My Condition Other Than Turning To Drugs?

Yes, you can do many things to prevent stress from overwhelming you. Most importantly, learn to balance your life. Remember to see things from a bigger perspective, and do not get too wrapped up in anything-be it work, finances, or even a relationship. Talk to friends when you feel bothered by things. And remember to take a break to rest and re-charge yourself if you start feeling stressed.

What About Dietary Supplements? Will They Work?

Dietary supplements have not been unequivocally proven to help with stress reduction, although some people do find them helpful. Having a balanced diet and regular meals is probably better than taking expensive supplements. 

When Should I Begin Therapy Sessions And Which Type Should I Go For?

There are different types of therapy. You should embark on therapy if self-help is not getting you anywhere. Relaxation therapy is probably the easiest - it involves training your mind and body to lower their responses to stress. Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is another form of therapy where we learn to uncover any automatic negative thoughts we may have and come up with more appropriate ways of dealing with such thoughts. Supportive therapy is where positive behaviors are encouraged, and ways to cope and deal with stress are discussed.

How Long Before I Can Expect To Feel Better?

The best results are seen with a combination of medication and therapy. Symptoms may be relieved almost immediately with medication, but correcting misconceptions and ingrained difficulties may take a slightly longer time - from weeks to months.

How Likely Are My Symptoms To Return?

It really depends on your stress management skills. If you are able to develop effective coping skills, these skills will help you deal with whatever stressful circumstances that may come your way. Life is often unpredictable, but if we develop a positive attitude and an awareness of stress symptoms, we can prevent these symptoms from returning.

Are There Any Lifestyle Changes I Should Be Making?

You should develop healthy habits. A balance of work, eating, exercise and relaxation. Everything in moderation, including moderation - meaning do not obsess over the details. Of course, avoid using alcohol or cigarettes to cope with stress.

If Nothing Works, Then What?

If nothing works, take a step back and re-evaluate the situation. Look for things you can change, and work on them one step at a time. Learn to accept things you cannot change. Seek professional help if you are so badly affected you cannot work properly or fully enjoy your life.


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