How To Avoid Stress


Ruler's of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Stress has become the bane of modern lifestyle. With life running at such a fast pace, the ultimate victim becomes the body and the mind. When stress takes its toll on the life of a person, the joy of living seeps out, making life miserable and unhappy for him/her. But what exactly is stress? The answer is not the same for everyone. Some may get stressed out on simple matters, while others may do wonders even in a busy lifestyle. So, the level of stress depends on person to person.

Stress is what the body and mind experiences when there is a deviation in one’s routine, due to excess work and deadlines. This leads to frayed nerves and various other side effects that make it very difficult to carry on with the daily life. Another side effect is that when people are stressed out, they become more prone to addictions. People who are stressed feel that smoking and drinking relieves their stress, though it’s a big misconception, which causes greater problems in the future. The best way, however, to deal with stress is to avoid it altogether. Take care to stay away from anything that is likely to give you stress and you can have an almost tension-free life. Given below in the article are various ways in which you can avoid stress.

Tips On Avoiding Stress

  • Smoking and drinking alcohol do not relieve stress in contrast to what most people who smoke and drink think. In fact, smoking and drinking may, in time, contribute towards stress by becoming an addiction. So, if you want to avoid stress, better stay away from smoking and drinking.
  • Start exercising. Exercise can help you reduce the levels of stress by removing your mind away from the problem. Go for simple exercises like cycling, jogging and swimming for around 30 minutes, at least five days a week. This will keep your mind fit and strong and so you will be better able to avoid stress.
  • Spend more time in doing things that interests you. If your current job is too stressful, it may be because the work doesn’t interest you much. Look for a job that appeals to you. If you find one such job, you will find that you are less stressed. Adopt a hobby so that every day you find recourse in it. Gardening, listening to music and reading books are some of the best hobbies that you can go for. Know that ultimately you can avoid stress only by doing things which you like best.
  • Keep a pet. According to therapists they are the best stress busters. A dog, a cat or an aquarium, the choices here are endless. Pets can become like a family to you and one of the best ways to avoid stress.
  • Practice relaxation techniques like breathing exercises and muscle tensing and stretching exercises. Every once in a while take in a deep breath and then slowly exhale out. Do this several times. Twist your neck, tense and stretch your shoulders and back muscles. This will keep your body relaxed. These exercises are very good in avoiding stress.
  • Spend time with yourself. A major cause of stress, nowadays, is that people get caught up in their work so much that they find little or no time at all for their own self. Thus, they become more prone to stress. So, to avoid stress, you should indulge in yourself. Go for a vacation or have a body massage. Play a game every day or go for concerts and art shows. Try to look at other fields apart from your work.
Mar 2, 2013
I totally agree with you that who one drink and smoke to release the stress, this one is not a actual way to release the same one. These features are simply dangerous for the stress busters. Exercising and Yoga are the best way to decrease the stress level.
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Ruler's of Penmai
Registered User
Jul 26, 2012
where to find tips to quit smoking
Hi Kayal, Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary, and addictive, high. Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine will cause your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Because of nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may also have become accustomed to smoking as a way of coping with stress, depression, anxiety, or even boredom.At the same time, the act of smoking is ingrained as a daily ritual. It may be an automatic response for you to smoke a cigarette with your morning coffee, while taking a break from work or school, or during your commute home at the end of a long day. Perhaps friends, family members, and colleagues smoke, and it has become part of the way you relate with them.
To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need to address both the addiction and the habits and routines that go along with it.

While some smokers successfully quit by going cold turkey, most people do better with a plan to keep themselves on track. A good plan addresses both the short–term challenge of quitting smoking and the long–term challenge of preventing relapse. It should also be tailored to your specific needs and smoking habits.

Take the time to think of what kind of smoker you are, which moments of your life call for a cigarette, and why. This will help you to identify which tips, techniques or therapies may be most beneficial for you.

  • Do you feel the need to smoke at every meal?
  • Are you more of a social smoker?
  • Is it a very bad addiction (more than a pack a day)? Or would a simple nicotine patch do the job?
  • Do you reach for cigarettes when you're feeling stressed or down?
  • Are there certain activities, places, or people you associate with smoking?
  • Is your cigarette smoking linked to other addictions, such as alcohol or gambling?
  • Are you open to hypnotherapy and/or acupuncture?
  • Are you someone who is open to talking about your addiction with a therapist or counselor?
  • Are you interested in getting into a fitness program?
One of the best things you can do to help yourself quit is to identify the things that make you want to smoke, including specific situations, activities, feelings, and people.

or a week or so leading up to your quit date, keep a log of your smoking. Note the moments in each day when you crave a cigarette:

  • What time was it?
  • How intense was the craving (on a scale of 1-10)?
  • What were you doing?
  • Who were you with?
  • How were you feeling?
  • How did you feel after smoking?
Managing unpleasant feelings such as stress, depression, loneliness, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common reasons why adults smoke. When you have a bad day, it can seem like cigarettes are your only friend. As much comfort as cigarettes provide, though, it's important to remember that there are healthier (and more effective) ways to keep unpleasant feelings in check. These may include exercising, meditating, using sensory relaxation strategies, and practicing simple breathing exercises.

Even when cigarettes are no longer a part of your life, the painful and unpleasant feelings that may have prompted you to smoke in the past will still remain. So, it's worth spending some time thinking about the different ways you intend to deal with stressful situations and the daily irritations that would normally have you reaching for a cigarette.

Many people have a habit of smoking when they drink.

TIP: switch to non-alcoholic drinks or drink only in places where smoking inside is prohibited. Alternatively, try snacking on nuts and chips, or chewing on a straw or cocktail stick.

When friends, family, and co-workers smoke around you, it is doubly difficult to quit or avoid relapse.
TIP: Your social circles need to know that you are changing your habits so talk about your decision to quit. Let them know they won't be able to smoke when you're in the car with them or taking a coffee break together. In your workplace, don't take all your coffee breaks with smokers only, do something else instead, or find non-smokers to have your breaks with.
For some smokers, ending a meal means lighting up, and the prospect of giving that up may appear daunting.

TIP: replace that moment after a meal with something such as a piece of fruit, a (healthy) dessert, a square of chocolate, or a stick of gum.

Once you stop smoking, you will experience a number of physical symptoms as your body withdraws from nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal begins quickly, usually starting within thirty minutes to an hour of the last cigarette and peaking about 2 to 3 days later. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks and differ from person to person.

Avoiding smoking triggers will help reduce the urge to smoke, but you can't avoid cravings entirely. But cigarette cravings don't last long, so if you're tempted to light up, remember that the craving will pass and try to wait it out. It also helps to be prepared in advance. Having a plan to cope with cravings will help keep you from giving in.

  • Distract yourself. Do the dishes, turn on the TV, take a shower, or call a friend. The activity doesn't matter as long as it gets your mind off of smoking.
  • Remind yourself why you quit. Focus on your reasons for quitting, including the health benefits, improved appearance, money you're saving, and enhanced self-esteem.
  • Get out of a tempting situation. Where you are or what you're doing may be triggering the craving. If so, a change of scenery can make all the difference.
  • Reward yourself. Reinforce your victories. Whenever you triumph over a craving, give yourself a reward to keep yourself motivated.
Weight gain is a common concern when quitting smoking. Some people even use it as a reason not to quit. While it's true that many smokers put on weight within six months of stopping smoking, the gain is usually small—about 5 pounds on average—and that initial gain decreases over time. It’s also important to remember that carrying a few extra pounds for a few months won’t hurt your heart as much as smoking will. Of course, gaining weight is NOT inevitable when you quit smoking.
Smoking acts as an appetite suppressant. It also dampens your sense of smell and taste. So after you quit, your appetite will likely increase and food will seem more appealing. Weight gain can also happen if you replace the oral gratification of smoking with eating, especially if you turn to unhealthy comfort foods.

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