Authorities in the field of psychology have asserted at different times that stress is common to all and sundry, consciously or unconsciously. More so, recent occurrences in our society today have put paid to this point as some known figures have quietly gone to the grave beyond, due to unexplained reasons, which could be traced to stressful related conditions.Details after the cut.......
The most recent of these occurrences was the passing away of a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ifako Ijaiye Constituency of Lagos State, Hon. Elijah Adewale, who slumped and died on Thursday July 21, in his Abuja residence. He was said to have attended the caucus meeting of the House of Representatives the previous day before his sudden death. He was 65 years old.
Another was the death of the two former coaches of Nigeria, Stephen Keshi, June 8, and Amodu Shuaibu, June 11, which dealt a tragic blow to the entire country and particularly football fans. For the late Keshi, he was said to have died of Cardiac arrest, while his deceased colleague died in his sleep.
While these are just infinitesimal, considering the gross number of sudden deaths in our society, it is pertinent for people to acquire knowledge on healthy living and stress management. While it is often said that there are walking corpses in human figures, who could yield in at any moment due to the load of stress in their body systems, proper stress management could redeem such souls.
The first step in successful stress relief is deciding to make stress management an ongoing goal, and to monitor your stress level.
Once you start monitoring your stress level, the next step is identifying your stress triggers. When or under what situations do you experience the most stress? Some causes of stress are easy to identify, such as job pressures, relationship problems or financial difficulties. But daily hassles and demands, such as commuting, arranging child care or being overcommitted at work, also can contribute to your stress level.
Positive events also can be stressful. If you got married, started a new job and bought a new house in the same year, you could have a high stress level. While negative events in general are more stressful, be sure to also assess positive changes in your life.
Once you've identified your stress triggers, you can start thinking about strategies for dealing with them. Identifying what aspect of the situation you can control is a good starting point.
The following are proven stress reduction techniques for your use:
1. Deep Breathing
5. Outdoor Sports
However, regular check up is key after practicing all these, in order to remain fit at all times.
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