NGHS Wellbeing Prefect, Saujanya, shares three ways to help manage stress in this week’s NGHS Wellbeing blog.
We live in a world where we cannot escape stress. We have all experienced it in some shape or form and we all have our individual ways of dealing with it. By taking steps to actively manage stress, we can maintain healthy habits that are beneficial for our health and wellbeing.
After studying many mechanisms to manage stress, I have three key recommendations here. There are many other options and each of us has their own preferences, but I hope this article helps our NGHS Community when they need a little guidance. The NGHS Wellbeing Prefects are glad to help and are here to support you all.
- Staying positive
A positive mindset is a powerful way to manage stress. It helps to filter out the negative aspects of a situation and to focus on the benefits. Re-framing a situation such as having a heavy workload with thoughts such as “I’m learning a lot”, “I’m gaining great experience” is one way to do this. Positivity builds confidence and courage, which helps us to gain experience and become more encouraging and supportive of ourselves and others.
Being part of the NGHS community, we have always benefited from high levels of motivation and support from our teachers and peers. We have also developed an attitude of never giving up. As our resilience grows, so does our ability to deal with stress, to broaden our experiences, and to become more adventurous and successful.
2. Stay active
We can stay active by doing activities such as painting, walking, learning a new instrument, exercise, cooking. There are lots of ways we can keep our brains and our bodies working!
If you find yourself in a situation that you find stressful, try leaving the environment and having a break. Activities such as those mentioned allow you recharge and therefore become more calm, collected and energised. It is not healthy for the body to be continually operating under stress, so a break is crucial in maintaining both wellbeing and productivity. Taking active steps to rest are as important as getting the task itself done.
3. Sharing and Reflection
Talking to someone, family, friends and teachers, can help relieve stress enormously. The person you talk to can provide support and guidance, and you can also feel better simply by sharing your thoughts and feelings. Often, talking a concern through, enables you to process the cause of the feelings of stress and to realise your own solutions.
If you prefer not to talk, you could keep a ‘stress’ diary. This enables you to reflect on the nature of the situation, review your emotions and process your reactions. This is a simple but effective technique that can be done anywhere and at any time.
I hope this has been a helpful article and I’ll close with this quote which I find particularly uplifting. Take care all.