Let’s face it! Life is such a busy bee, and so are we! As humans, we go through a turmoil of events in just a single day: activities, meetings, numerous e-mails, demanding relationships, phone calls, messages, some good and some not so good opinions of people, and what not. Amidst all the chaos, it’s exceptionally easy to become overwhelmed and let it get the best of you. A long-term accumulation of this tendency results in compelling you to lose hold of your own personal vision, and to start seeing yourself through the eyes of others. In the worst case scenario, both your outer and inner-self become completely enslaved to the external situations. You give so much (time, resource, energy) to others (situations and people), that you start losing yourself. Finally, you feel stressed, depressed and downgraded ; and what comes to your mind now, is either an absence or a lack of happiness in your once unexcelled life. Ultimately, lying on a pile of self-pity, you find a huge mess- YOURSELF!
Who doesn’t feel emotionally low, stressed or under-confident at some or the other point in life? I am a rigid believer of the fact that every problem arrives with it’s own set of solutions (yes guys, not just one solution, but a number of them). Woo, that makes me feel so optimistic! You just have to be sharp-witted to solve the puzzle and come up with solutions that best suit you. You my friend, always have a chance to re-discover yourself!
Everyone handles stress differently. Here is my advice for anyone who wants to decompress/destress life. It’s a four-step plan, and you can try as less or as many steps as you want to. A little good news! Feel free to execute these steps in any order that you like! After all, freedom of choice is of utmost importance!
So here we go…. Reclaim yourself… NOW!
- Go to the gym/ involve yourself in any form of physical exercise: Do you know physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier and relaxed? Not only does it help you manage your weight, but also aids in preventing as well as treating mental health problems. Please bear this in mind that exercising is a great tool to enhance your mood and well being. It may seem difficult and challenging initially (it definitely will!), but trust me you, it’s going to be an efficient tool to unwind your life off the emotional and physical stresses. Your life already looks a little sorted!
- Throw yourself on the bed or wherever you want to (except for throwing yourself off some cliff, that’s a big no no! Remember, there is solution to even the biggest issues in life?) and cry your heart out: Just cry those toxins out! It’s time you grab a box of Kleenex, and relieve yourself off all the pain and sorrow. Are you not feeling lighter? That’s because your misery is rolling down your cheeks, bit by bit. Give it a sincere chance to get out of your precious inner-self. Release it all happily! Bid it farewell!
- Read Books: Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Reading a book not only exercises your brain, but also expands your vocabulary, boosts memory, and improves communication skills. I am not asking you to read academic books, but any book that sparks an interest and curiosity within you, grab hold of it! Do it now! Go to your nearest book store or order online. Books can be your best mates, they do deserve a chance. Try them out! Many people in the history may have gone through similar difficulties as you, having written books to elaborate their own experiences and how they dealt with it. You never know, in the process of reading, you may end up getting an effective solution to your own problem! Start with a simple and short book, develop your taste, and eventually experiment with genres of books. Your search for a lifelong friend and companion has ended here!
- Go out, meet friends: I totally agree that in times of sadness, going out is the last thing on your mind. But, tell me something! Sitting alone at home and crying, will that lift your mood? Is your broken self going to be grateful to you for sulking the whole day lying in bed? Answer is NO! As challenging as it may sound, the best thing you can do for yourself in times of stress and anxiety, is to push yourself get out of bed, and meet your friends; to have pizza, chocolate cake or whatever else you fancy eating, or even better go shopping!. If you are hugely depressed, invite your friend/friends home. The biggest disease known to mankind is loneliness. You just can’t afford to let yourself be lonely, especially when you are feeling extremely low or unhappy. It’s like corrupting yourself! It’s okay to spend some solo time figuring out things, but it’s not at all acceptable to throw yourself into darkness. Life has got a brighter side to it, and we all DESERVE to witness and enjoy it. Don’t enslave your precious-self to gloominess..never ever! End of story!
I am pretty sure that if you perform these four simple acts in any order, you will be distressed and you will DEFINITELY decompress your life to a great extent.
To those of you wondering why am I concerned about you, or making your life a little happier, I have a valid explanation…
You, yes you!! You, reading my post, I want to let you know that you are abundant in your existence, that your life is precious, and that you matter to this world – so much that you can’t let getting yourself lost amidst the temporary adversities of life. Life is a beautiful challenge, a game that you need to play smartly. So, are you up for this smart game called “Zindagi/Life”? I surely am, cause I am “in love with Zindagi”.
PS: I would love to hear your ways of decompressing life/eliminating stress. Please, do share!
Love and Hope,