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How to Effectively Manage Stress and Anxiety

Uswa Umer

Quaid e Azam School of Management Sciences

Quaid e Azam University Islamabad

Stress and anxiety are very common problems faced by people nowadays as the world is advancing and life is getting fast. It may be caused by several different problems that include work pressure, societal pressure, personal relationship problems, or other life challenges. Being a student, I also face this issue every day due to loads of work, perceived parental pressure, social life, etc. Many students face this problem when they think that they cannot achieve their academic or non-academic goals. Another reason for stress among students is that they get into a relationship which is in my opinion a major cause of stress and anxiety among students.  And once a person becomes a victim of stress and anxiety his performance goes down as he’s fighting a lot of internal battles. But people need to understand that there are problems associated with every person’s life and these problems should not affect your social life or your other responsibilities. Stress can have adverse effects on your body and mental health. And extreme conditions may also lead to suicidal thoughts.

Fortunately, there are numerous effective strategies available to help you reduce stress and anxiety while also continuing to improve your overall well-being.

Determine the basic cause of your stress

 The first step in attempting to overcome stress and anxiety is to determine what’s causing them. Any event, specific condition, or a general feeling of overwhelm or anxious could be the core of your stress. Once you’ve identified the root cause of your stress, you’ll be able to devise effective strategies for dealing with it.

•Use mindfulness and relaxation exercises

Meditation and relaxation techniques are extremely effective tools for dealing with stress and anxiety. Meditation induces a deep state of relaxation and mental peace. Furthermore, breathing exercises, yoga, and other stress-management techniques are extremely beneficial. Regular meditation practice can help you manage stress more effectively and improve your overall well-being by reducing the physiological effects of stress, increasing mindfulness, promoting relaxation, improving emotional regulation, and enhancing cognitive function.

•Make self-care a priority

Self-care is essential when attempting to overcome stress and anxiety. Making yourself and your happiness a priority is essential. Exercise on a regular basis, get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, set boundaries, and engage in activities that you enjoy. By taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional health you can reduce stress levels, boost your energy and feel good. This will make it easier for you to deal with the challenges of daily life.

•Seek help from friends and family

Managing stress is a difficult task, but it will enhance it if you seek help from friends and family. When you share your feelings with someone you trust, you feel heard and validated. They may be able to offer you a different approach or even a better solution to your problem. Talking to your favorite person can also lift your spirits, making it easier to deal with stress. You can also consider seeking some professional help from a therapist or counselor. You can also join a support group, which will provide you with a community of people who are dealing with similar issues. Sharing experiences and coping strategies can aid in stress reduction and provide a feeling of connection.

•Take a break

If you’re feeling stressed, taking a break from work or other responsibilities can help you relax. Use this time to practice self-care or to do something you enjoy. Make yourself your top priority.

To summarize, stress and anxiety management is an ongoing procedure that demands commitment and effort. You can reduce your stress and anxiety levels and improve your overall well-being by identifying the source of your stress and anxiety, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, engaging in regular physical activity, seeking support from others, and prioritizing self-care.