Managing Your Stress Now

Peace of mind is such a precious commodity, right? Especially with the unfavorable prevailing Taal Volcano eruption, residents who abandoned their homes are worried about their devastated properties, affected means of livelihood or source of living, etc. and how to recover from this catastrophe. Welcome to that which ails the common man – STRESS. But don’t worry, there’s hope. Precious Moments pulls up an easy chair for you.

When you feel stressed and tense, go for a brisk walk in the fresh air.

So, dear reader, are you stressed out? Well, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Almost every day, you can hear people comment about how much stress they are under.

Hans Selye, the world-famous biological scientist, describes stress as “the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made on it.” Stress can be viewed as a physiological response to some factor, agent, or event that forces the body to change or adapt. These factors or events that produce stress are called stressors. Stressors always precede the development of stress in an individual. Succinctly put, stressors are the cause, stress is the effect.

Inception of stress

Understanding Your Health identifies the roots of human stress. Not surprisingly, many familiar factors surface:

  • Cost of living (such as food, shelter and other needs)
  • Being too busy (such as school, employment, parenting and community service must all fit into a day that remains only 24 hours long)
  • Money concerns (cost of things that we need or want)
  • Trouble relaxing (inability to cope well with other stressors)
  • Family illness (particularly when serious, is an important component of life-centered stressors)
  • Personal illness (the discomfort of the illness and by the inconvenience that it may cause our busy schedules)
  • Unexpected and abrupt catastrophe (just like the Taal Volcano eruption that leaves you no choice but to evacuate if you are living within the danger zone)
Experiencing abrupt catastrophe is one stressor of stress. Image: AP/Gulf News


According to, follow these 10 simple tips to help manage and reduce your stress levels:

1) Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine

2) Indulge in Physical Activity

3) Get More Sleep

4) Try Relaxation Techniques

5) Talk to Someone

6) Keep a Stress Diary

7) Take control

8) Manage your time

9) Learn to say ‘No’

10) Rest if you are ill

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Get more sleep or a good rest when you are stressed out. Image: Pexels

Achieving proper relaxation requires one to move through the following simple steps:

  • Sit quietly in a comfortable chair
  • Close your eyes
  • Deeply relax all your muscles
  • Breathe in through your nose and mentally say the word “one” each time you exhale through your mouth
  • Do this for 10 minutes, maintaining a passive attitude.

(Source: Understanding Your Health)

The keys to coping with stressors are found in the ways we choose to live. The best time to learn how to cope with your stress is now – before faulty habits turn to dependencies, and the long-term effects of stress start to damage your health.


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