We all experience discomfort from time to time. That’s perfectly natural. However, far too many of us are continually under a great deal of tension. That’s not a good thing. It has a mental, psychological, spiritual, behavioral, and physical effect on us. Most people struggle with stress and anxiety on a daily basis. According to John Milton, “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
You may not be able to fix what is causing you tension, but you do have the power of how you respond to it. Here are some things you can do to support yourself if you notice you’re showing signs of stress:
- Get out of the room = Getting up and getting out of a bad situation will be very beneficial. A simple change of scenery will help you separate yourself from your intense emotions.
- Breathing exercise = Consider how you breathe when you’re in a calm state, such as when you’re about to fall asleep. Isn’t it slow and deep? One of the most powerful ways to trigger calmer emotions is to allow yourself to breathe in this manner.
- Consider meditating = Meditation stimulates the body’s “relaxation reflex,” which is the polar opposite of the “fight or flight” panic response. It decreases breathing, blood pressure, and heartbeat, all of which are correlated with a relaxed state of mind.
- Make a plan = Choose something small: your desk, wardrobe, or to-do list are all excellent options. Spend 20 minutes concentrating on cleaning up – it will make you feel more in control and give you a feeling of achievement.
- Make a list = Putting your emotions on paper will help you untangle them as they start to boil up and become stressful. Try a stream of consciousness workout, in which you write down all of your thoughts without stopping for 10 minutes. Create a list of the problems that are bothering you and simplify them to bullet points; having them reduced to bullet points will help you think more clearly.
When you have all the time in the world but no idea what to do about it, it can be frustrating. You swear to yourself that just yesterday you had a million suggestions about things to do in your spare time, but they’re slipping your mind right now. Now there’s no reason to be involved. Here, are some of the things which we can do to make ourself engaged while we have nothing to do:
- Make an attempt to cook/bake something fresh = Cooking and baking are the most interesting work we can do when we are totally free.
- Write a letter to a member of your family or a close friend = One of the happiest emotions in the world is opening a letter in the mail. Let someone’s insides feel all wet and fuzzy!
- Go through your wardrobe to get rid of something you don’t need = If you could use some extra cash, you could be shocked by how much of your clothes you don’t wear; you can either donate it or sell it for a fair price.
- Looking for fresh music to listen to is a smart thing = Nothing compares to the thrill of discovering a new favorite musician.
- Take a walk = Getting the fresh air is always taken for granted.
Thus, when you are stressed or have nothing to do just sit in the silent room or any place and make yourself more productive and engaged so that you cannot think of unnecessary things. Making yourself productive and doing something will heal your stress and loneliness.