Today’s fast-paced world doesn’t give folks a moment to relax. Everyone is caught in a mad race of pursuing their goals in the momentum of life. Every issue related to work, spouse, kids, daily household chores, or enjoyable activities like shopping or vacation planning, is a pressing one. The single unifying factor dominating this multitude of diverse individuals is stress. Also Read - Why do You Get Headaches After Exercising? | 5 Potential Causes
Crunching so many things into a limited time is getting on the Wi-Fi generation’s nerves, building up a steady tension. When the pressure can no longer be contained, extreme stress pushes people to their breaking point. Often, people end up snapping at their loved ones or colleagues, hurting their feelings. Also Read - COVID-19 Can Activate TB And Other Dormant Bacterial Infection
These moments of anger are followed by bitter frustration and an influx of negative feelings that drive a person to exasperation. Such a person goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode—which is an automatic response to stress—resulting in either further confrontations, shutting everyone out or going on about one’s tasks while fuming inside with unvented fury. The intensity of the situations or responses vary as per individual mentalities, but the fact remains that stress-induced frustration stays. Also Read - International Yoga Day on June 21: 5 Yoga Asanas To Curb Stress, Depression And Anxiety
If you ever find yourself deadlocked with a self-devouring angry monster, try one (or a combination) of these strategies to get back to your routine within no time.
1. Take deep breaths
Breathing is the key to life itself—yet, we rarely do it right. Focusing on your breath is the best strategy to evoke a relaxation response in your body. According to Harvard researchers, deep abdominal breathing encourages better oxygen exchange in every cell of the body, slowing down the heartbeat and inducing a state of calm.
When our whole being is focused on breathing, our body starts to relax as the muscles let go of tension. Blood vessels dilate, helping to stabilize blood pressure as it lowers and slowly returns to normal. With regular practice, different techniques of deep breathing can be mastered, resulting in a multitude of benefits.
2. Do stretches
Stretching is another stress management technique that goes hand in hand with deep breathing. A frustrated mind is excessively restless and a taut body feels the need to move. Light physical activity, such as stretching, aids immensely in relieving mental and physical tension.
While stretching, we are focused on our body, thus allowing ourselves a mental break. Stretches also promote blood circulation which allows muscles to loosen up and release their tightness. Stretches calm the mind and recharge the body.
Stretching is normally done after a light warm up, but gentle stretching is recommended for beginners, and can be done in a seating or standing position.
3. Call a friend
Some of us need to sort out our feelings by talking to someone. At such times, what is a better option than calling our closest friend or a relative? Friends who share our values and are honest in their opinions provide the most reliable support system. Sometimes, such quick talks also provide us with valuable insights and make us see the other side of an issue.
Refrain from the temptation of texting, though! It won’t provide us the mental satisfaction of connecting with someone close, especially when we are emotionally drained out.
4. Listen to your favorite music
Music soothes the soul. When we are frustrated and nothing seems to agree with us, playing our favorite tune or song may not even occur as an idea. But when turned on deliberately, listening to music may be an ultimately rewarding experience and the quickest stress buster.
Research in psychology has even proven that Music Therapy is an effective stress management tool. So, the next time frustration knocks, we can choose to drive it out simply by putting on our headphones.
5. Run/Brisk Walk
Physical exercise, like going on a quick run or taking a brisk walk, can help relieve stress whether or not you exercise regularly.
When the weather is good, running outside provides plenty of fresh oxygen. Even running or walking on a treadmill can help, as they release endorphins—the feel-good hormones—in the brain. Endorphins are meant to block pain receptors and can immediately give us a feeling of euphoria, thereby elevating our mood.
6. Write in a journal
Whether or not you are very expressive when it comes to writing, you should try venting out your feelings in a journal. Writing out one’s fears and anxieties takes the edge off, making them seem small in comparison to the bigger and better things in one’s life.
The thoughts and feelings that come out in a mixed emotional release can form a literary piece that is interesting to reflect back upon and may give one a better perspective in later stages of life. In fact, many great authors have written their own memoirs and autobiographies based on their reflective journal writing.
7. Read something you love
For some us, books are our best friends—so grab that classic you have always loved and read your favorite part from it, or read something new in a genre you have a passion for, such as cooking, travel, or art.
No matter what you read, it is well known that the act of reading pulls you into a myriad of possibilities—such as an imaginary fictional world, a long-forgotten hobby or passion you have rekindled. Reading distracts you from your worries, thus de-stressing you pleasantly and quickly.
Spending time on these activities might seem time-consuming when you have a truckload of tasks to deal with. Think it over a moment, though! Is it worth sulking endlessly in negativity and further driving yourself into depression? After all, we need to be able to shake off that melancholy mood and get back to our normal lives sooner than later—but with renewed vigor.
So, spend that “me time” with yourself and drive away your frustration before returning to your chaotic world without anxiety.
Special Tip: Combining a breathing/exercise technique with one of your passions will get you back into your groove right away—so get ready to rock on!