6 Ways To Deal With Pressure

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Sometimes the pressure of deadlines, targets, balancing work and life, can all get too much and lead us to feeling overwhelmed.  Being under pressure is quiet normal and at times it can be useful to help drive us to success and become more effective, however it can place demands on our emotional wellbeing, mental and psychical health.

Sometimes the pressure of deadlines, targets, balancing work and life, can all get too much and lead us to feeling overwhelmed.  Being under pressure is quiet normal and at times it can be useful to help drive us to success and become more effective, however it can place demands on our emotional wellbeing, mental and psychical health.

Here are some tips on how you can keep your eye on the ball.

1. GET ORGANISED

Sometimes feeling pressurised can come from the feeling that you’re not in control. With too many things happening at once and with so much to do, where do you start?

Take the time to sit down and make a list on everything that needs to be done and what is it that you need to do to get it done, and then allocated dates/times of when they need to be done by.  Breaking down your tasks can be helpful as sometimes in your mind what might seem as an overwhelming and unlimited amount of things to do, however writing it down will enable you to realise that they are more realistic to achieve and manage.

2. SHARE THE STRESS

It’s common for those going through stressful periods to keep issues to themselves. It’s never a good idea to bottle everything up. Sometimes sharing the workload with another person can put things into perspective and they may even be able to assist you in the problem solving.

3. MEDITATE

For those who have never meditated before may instantly have an image in their head of a Guru, sand and plenty of humming. However this is not what meditation centres itself on. Meditation can take place by literally taking five mins out of your day to breathe, focus and quiet your mind. There are lots of videos based on Meditation on YouTube. Meditation is widely recommended by the likes of Russell Brand, Russell Simmons (the Co-Founder of Def Jam) and Oprah Winfrey.

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4. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

For a body to work to its best ability it is important that it is looked after and maintained. Drinking enough liquids, eating the correct foods, exercising daily and getting enough sleep are the four simplest things that a human should do, especially when suffering from stress. It’s recommend to try a series of foods that can actually help your immune system fight anxiety and stress within the body. These include:

  • Oranges – these are known to reduce blood pressure.
  • Spinach – which is rich in magnesium, and since stress lowers the magnesium amount in your body it is a good idea to help replace it.
  • And the best one for chocolate lovers out there – dark chocolate! It has been proven in studies that eating dark chocolate may lower levels of the stress hormones in people feeling stressed out.

5. LEARN HOW TO CONTROL THE STRESS TRIGGERS

It’s common for those who are going through stressful periods to feel panicked and alert. This is why it is always a good idea to learn how to control these feelings and sensations. These feelings can vary from headaches, hyperventilating to dizziness and are completely normal, yet unpleasant, reactions to stress. You can try combating these symptoms using meditation, as mentioned, but also CBT and hypnotherapy – which have proved popular.

AND FINALLY…

6. DO WHAT YOU LOVE 

The stress of everyday life can take over everything on occasion. Yes, you may have 15 things to complete before 3pm but they are not going to get done if you don’t let yourself stop, breathe and think it through.

6 Ways To Deal With Pressure

Take five minutes, just five minutes, and remove yourself from the situation.

Do what you love, whether it’s playing your favourite song or talking on the phone (talking about anything but your current stress) to a friend or parent. Distract yourself for five minutes and let your brain have a little break. Once you have done this it can become easier to return back to the workload with a fresh mind set.

References:

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/eat-to-beat-stress-10-foods-that-reduce-anxiety

http://www.whyamiunhealthy.com/10-famous-entrepreneurs-that-meditate/

http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/news/20091113/dark-chocolate-takes-bite-out-of-stress

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/7_stress_busters_soothing_foods_and_calming_scents

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