Amidst the fast paced existence that best describes life today, stress has become a constant element and cannot be eliminated completely. With the increasing number of tasks to chase, responsibilities to fulfill and endless bills to pay for, it is but natural for anyone to feel worked up and stressed. If within a decent magnitude, the feeling is completely normal and healthy. However, if its magnitude and frequency gets out of hand, then it can turn out to be very harmful for the mental, physical and emotional well-being
For those suffering with extremely high stress levels, it’s common to feel that there’s nothing in their life that is in their control. However, the truth is that even though life might appear totally out of hand, there is a lot that can be done to regain the sense of control. Coping with and managing high levels of stress is all about recognizing this and taking charge of the way you live your life, the thoughts you think, and the way you deal with your problems. Here are some sure shot ways that can help you to manage stress effectively:
 

1. Practice Self Awareness:

The foremost thing that you need to do is recognize the causes of your stress, only then can you figure out a way to come out of it.While the obvious triggers such as financial troubles, job change, a breakup, health problems etc. could be the prime culprits, there may be small things that affect you and stress you out on a day-to-day basis. For example, it could be your habit of procrastination, being in company of certain people, the traffic or just about anything. 
Watching your own thoughts and maintaining a stress journal is the most effective way to understand your own feelings and then take the necessary corrective steps. In addition to maintaining the stress journal, engaging in regular sessions of yoga and meditation can be very effective to combat your stress levels. These activities are proven to calm down the mind, improve self awareness, and help you look inward and be mindful of your feelings and emotions. Doing so will make it more likely to break free from the cycle of negative thoughts.
 

2. Follow The 4 A’s – Avoid, Alter, Adapt & Accept:

Once you’re aware of the key stress causing elements in your life, next comes the step to actually cope with it. Coping revolves around avoiding, altering, adapting and accepting.
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Avoiding' would mean eliminating those causes of stress that you do not need to necessarily engage with. For instance, if traffic stresses you out, you could leave early and take a longer, traffic free route instead of the shortcut at the last minute that is always crowded. If a person’s presence stresses you out, you could avoid meeting him or her, or reduce the frequency of meeting for your own peace. 
'Altering' would imply taking the necessary steps to get your life in control. It could be expressing yourself instead of holding back your feelings or doing the right thing that saves you from the stress later instead of acting impulsively and thoughtlessly, taking time out for yourself, living a healthy life etc.
'Adapting' would mean that you plug in efforts to mold yourself according to the situation for your own betterment. You can do that by training yourself to look at the bigger picture, tone down your quest for perfectionism, and adjust your desired standards.
Lastly, 'Accepting' would cover teaching your mind to accept the things that you can’t control and then not trying to control that. Moreover, accepting also means forgiving and letting go of your anger and resentment for your own good. 
 

3. Engage In Some Form Of Regular Physical Exercise:

Apart from making mental and lifestyle changes, undertaking physical activities can also help. Irrespective of the cause of stress, giving your body some regular exercise is a great way to divert and refresh your mind. Exercise in any of its forms releases endorphins in the body that make you feel happier instantly and reduce stress levels.
Ideally, you should opt for rhythmic exercises, as they are the most effective in combating stress. You could go for walking, running, swimming, skipping, dancing or just about anything you like. Exercise is also a prerequisite for a good mental health and your overall well-being.
 

4. Reach Out and Share How You Feel:

Family and friends are any person’s greatest source of strength. Most often, in stressful situations, people instead of reaching out, hide into their own shells. Rather, the better thing to do is actually spend some time with loved ones and get the best of the most natural kind of therapy. A light hearted laugh with friends, a platonic conversation with a loved one, or simply just sharing your feelings with someone you can trust is bound to make you feel a lot better about your life and the problems you face. 
This works because humans in situations of stress have a natural “fight-or-flight reaction” in their bodies. In such situations, a face-to-face interaction with your near ones can replace that natural reaction and relieve a huge amount of stress without fighting or flighting. It works wonders!
However, if you’re living in a different city from your family, or don’t have too many friends, you could also seek the help of a professional counsellor. Talking about what stresses you out is the best way to solve stress related problems that you cannot solve on your own. 
 
Stress is an inevitable part of life, yet inculcating these steps in your daily life will help you manage your stress in a healthy way. For stress management tips, you can also seek help of a Counsellor. So, get Matched with a Counsellor now!