IMPORTANCE OF STRESS MANAGEMENT
Anxious, irritable and confused, three things that are obviously seen in a person under stress.
Stress is an organism’s response to an untoward/unexpected situation. Stress is a body’s method of reacting to a challenge. According to the stressful event, the body’s way to respond to stress is by the fright- the fight-or-flight response. In humans, stress typically describes a negative condition or a positive condition that can have an impact on a person’s mental and physical health. So, it’s not necessary that stress is a bad thing. More often than not, small doses of tensions and worries bring out the best in us. They make us more aware, prepared and add a little more zest to an otherwise banal routine. However, there are some of us who have a hard time coping with the challenges that are presented which results in depression, anxiety and health disorders. Reaction to stress is not in our control. Be it a big blunder or a small confusion, different people tend to react differently to the same situation. But a negative reaction can only cause further damage. Neither does it improve the condition that is presented, nor does it enable a person to solve the problem. In fact, it reduces the efficacy of the team leader and hence the entire team.
So, what is important is to learn to control the negative reactions and respond to all situations with a calm clear head. Any time an adverse situation presents itself instead of jumping into action, take a second to think about the problem and the best person who can help to solve it. Seeking help often boosts the leader’s confidence and also allows more and better ideas to come out.
Being under constant pressure because of various reasons affects the mind and the body alike. Many new diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, strokes are all thanks to our inability to manage our stressors.
Positive thought reinforcement and a positive attitude cannot be inculcated in a day. It takes patience and perseverance, not just with self but with others as well, to cultivate them. Keep believing in yourself. Anytime in doubt, seek help instead of bowing to ego and ignorance.
Also, a proper healthy diet and regular exercise help to release happy hormones that make a person better prepared for adversity. A quick body stretch and a glass of water when anxious can calm you down and help cope with any situation. It is not mandatory to go through regular counseling and therapy for managing stress. All one needs is awareness of self, our limitations, and strengths.
A Happy Heart, A Satisfied Tummy and an Active Body together lead to a peaceful mind.