We live in a very stressful country, and so naturally, we learn how to live with it. However, like everything else, there’s always a breaking point.
One big consequence of stress is that we begin to constantly search for relationships, drugs, and other situations, events, or objects to find peace, happiness, or simple relief. But each search result, even if it seems to work at first, eventually proves insufficient to satisfy our longings or completely eliminate our fears.
Don’t sweat it –there are simple, everyday things you can do:
1. Practice a relaxation sequence
This is what some people refer to as meditative rituals (Yoga). Its slow but deep diaphragmatic breathing routines can help you develop a superior state of mind and a physiologically relaxed body to go along with it.
This is like the mental rehearsal” often practiced by golfers and tennis players. You can do this at least 3 times a day –one each in the morning, noon, and before going to bed.
2. Exercise. Exercise. Exercise
The importance of developing a scheduled regimen of physical exercise can not be said enough. By engaging in exercise routine, you’d be rebuilding the robustness of your body.
Physical exercise has proven to be a good stress reliever, according to health experts.
3. Daily self-talk
Self-talk cuts both ways –negatively, as well as positively. Be conscious of your own daily self talk, i.e. the stories you keep telling yourself every day. Constant negative self-talk will only reinforce the self-fulfilling cycle, especially on a downward spiral.
To counter the negative influence, always accept this harsh reality that the past doesn’t guarantee or define your future. Positive self-talks have a way of gradually displacing negative thoughts. That’s how they work.
4. Adopt a powerful mantra
Who says you can’t adopt a short powerful mantra of your own, especially for days when the going is rough?
Here a few great suggestions:
- Not dead. Can’t Quit.
- It’s not over until I win.
- I am me here and now. I am not my past.
- The only easy day was yesterday.
- It is normal to feel this way.
- This feels bad, and feelings are often very wrong.
- I ma stronger than I think.
- This will pass.
- This is difficult and uncomfortable, but it’s only temporary.
Read, read and read everything –the Bible, motivational books, novels, magazines.
Time and time again, reading has been proven to be a good stress reliever.
6. Hang inspirational posters on the walls of your home
Continually bombard your home with visual representations of encouraging words of wisdom. This will always provoke a more positive atmosphere around you.
It’s easy –create your own, by googling the internet. With a laptop and colour inkjet printer, you are good to go.
7. Your relationships matter
Have a close circle of good friends and family members.
Consistent social interactions with the right people, on a regular basis, will always keep your stress response in check.
8. Listen to great music
Listening to relaxing and soothing songs –be it classical or new age music selections, they can be of immense help.
My personal recommendations:
- Classics’music selections from the Baroque and Classical era.
- Nigerian alternative music by Asa, Adekunle Gold, John Drille, Aramide, Bez, etc.
- Country songs (if it’s your thing) by Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Dustin Lynch, Brett Young, etc.
- Any of the New Age music selections, as long as their amplitude and tempo are subtle.
9. Take brisk walks
Go for brisk walks as much as your busy schedule would allow.
Apart from being a stress reliever, body movements can improve brain cross-lateral integration.
Last but not least, have a good rest every day and sound sleep every night.
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