What is stress?
Stress occurs when you feel that what is expected out of you is beyond your ability to cope.
Stress can sometimes be beneficial since it creates a kind of drive that helps you get through situations such as work deadlines or examinations. However, too much stress can have adverse consequences on your health as it affects all the major systems of the body- the cardiovascular, neuroendocrine as well as the central nervous system. It takes a severe toll on your emotional health and also brings down your immunity. Untreated stress has been found to result in serious health issues such as heart disease, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc. This makes it very important to be able to manage stress effectively.
What is stress management?
Stress management covers a wide range of techniques intended to help people deal with stress more effectively by understanding specific stressors and taking constructive actions to minimize their impact.
Stress Management Skills
To be able to deal with stress effectively you must
Is it family, work, friends, relationships…?
Low tolerance, headaches, stomach pains or a combination of these are some examples.
How can you calm yourself?
Be mindful of any unhealthy coping behaviour. Try to eliminate them and switch to healthier options. For example, replace overeating with meditation as your coping mechanism.
Stress management techniques can be placed under three main categories-
Take time to meditate or do yoga.
Use affirmations, imagery, cognitive structuring, thought awareness and other such techniques to change how you perceive stressful situations.
iii) Acceptance-oriented approaches- Help deal with situations you don’t have control over
We hope this helps you pick a strategy to prioritize your needs, and take control of the situation. Know more about Cigna TTK’s plans here.