Breathing Under Water
Late yesterday night, I was having a conversation with my friend Emmanuel Chukwure, and we spoke a lot about stress and stress management.
Let me share this beautiful piece he sent to me on stress management.
A lot of my writings are centered on my belief that if we know better, we’d act better. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to work. These illustrations are a reflection of my perception of the subjects based on my experiences. It’s an advise worth ignoring.
Ever been so stressed out and all you want to do is speak to a friend to rant, or be in the company of your loved ones and not say anything?
Stress is different from being tired, I think that goes without saying but again sometimes it’s important to remind people of old hits. Stress refers to a mental state while tiredness denotes a physical state.
Stress is a state of increased mental tension that uneven the equilibrium of things. It usually results from latency in analyzing a series of processes.
What this means is when you are stressed, your brain is simply spending longer time processing a task than usual. This leads me to recommend five great ways to relieve stress and explain a bit why the methods work.
In my experience, there is only one resolution for stress but it could come in multiple variants, I still don’t know why it works but it just does. The resolution of stress is to introduce a familiar process to your brain.
Here are some variants you can try.
• Take a Walk. Taking a walk or a run in your neighborhood helps to relieve stress because you see the same set of buildings, roads, and parks you are already used to.
• Eat. Stress eating as I call it helps to relax my brain because it introduces a familiar taste to my buds for my brain to identify and process.
• Go Shopping. Retail therapy always works. You could walk into a physical store, canvas the place and make a simple purchase or just go online to your favorite clothing store for example and check out new arrivals.
• Time Out. If you have an imaginative mind then this is the most inexpensive option for you, a five minutes break in between 20–25 minutes reading session has been proven to increase effectiveness by a long shot. Take 5 minutes to cool off and check your notification or social media page.
• Rant. This one is probably the most common but it works. Ever had a rant about something which you were experiencing latency understanding and just by hearing yourself talk about it, opens you up with an idea or points you in the right direction? Yup, that’s the one.
Ever wondered why eating light snacks/biscuit, or listening to background music while studying helps some people to study effectively for longer? It’s simple; introduce a familiar process. There are much more techniques to de-stressing. Please, share other ways you know in the comments section below to help others.
Author: Victor Adeyemo
Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest