Stress. We all have it. Being under pressure is a normal part of life. Stress is a natural human response to pressure when faced with challenging and sometimes dangerous situations. Having a certain amount of stress in your life is normal. The most important question is: How you deal with it?
The most important organ in dealing with stress is our mind. I believe everyone can become an expert at desensitizing ourself when we feel so stress and being aware of our bodies’ signal. Why? Because i’ve found some people are able to manage their stress in proactive ways by making use of their strength.
No matter how stressful your life seems, there’re steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. Here are some ideas for manage and reduce your stress level;
- Dzikr and leave the world behind you– As a muslim, when i feel overwhelmed and down with stress, i always remember my grandma tips: remember Allah, take a wudhu and do dzikr. As Allah said: “So, remember Me, I will remember you; be grateful to Me and deny Me not” (Al Qur’an 2: 152). No matter how bad you perceive your situation to be and how stressed you are, never give up on Allah.
- Sabr & Shalat– “Seek help through Sabr and Shalat” (Al Qur’an, 2:45). Patience help us keep our mind and attitude towards our difficulties.
- Figure out where the stress is coming from- A journal or a diary can help you identify the regular stressor in your life. Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it in you journal or diary. Note down the date, time, and place of each stressful episode, and note what you were doing, who you were with, and how you felt. By getting specific and have a record of them, you’re one step closer to getting organized and taking action.
- Get moving– I think exercise is one of the most effective treatments against stress. Not only reducing your stress level, it may help you to reduce fatigue, improve concentration levels and the physical ability to fight disease. I usually exercising every morning for 20-30minutes and i feel it’s a great way to start my day.
- Manage your time– I think one of the biggest stressor for many people is lack of time. Each day, ask yourself, “what’s my goals for today?”. Choose which are the absolute MUST tasks to get done today. Poor time management can cause a lot of stress.
- Get more sleep– Sleep is a vital part of our life. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired and not well-rested will increase your stress hormones
Stress management, like many other wellness practices, it has to be practice everyday. In reality, it’s difficult to avoid all sources of stress, but don’t let stress control your life. If you feel like the stress in your life is out of control, it’s time to take your action.
I hope these tips have inspired you to take initiative to actively reduce stress in your life. If you have any other stress management tips, please leave them in the comments below.