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Stress is a common denominator among humans. Both men and women get stressed up in one way or the other and it is felt in different ways. Women especially working women are the ready victims of stress because they have the office with its own challenges and the home front with its own varying challenges tool.

Some have suggested screaming hitting somebody or punching a wall as some ways of dealing with stress but this have not done much. Talking to someone you trust and love sometime can get you on the path of solving your problem or feeling better at least as problem discussed is half solved as the saying goes.

Aside this, health experts have proffered other ways of handling stress. They are:

Getting Support: They advised stress victims to get reach out to people who care about them when in need of help. It could be talking to a trusted adult. Such as a parent, relative, a church counselor or friends. They may have had similar problems you are facing and will be in better position to tell you how to handle it as experience is the best teacher though not always.

You don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by getting freak out. It is easy to let your feelings go wild when you are upset. Note your feelings. Lets say you are angry; note it and say or think about why you feel the way you are feeling.

Then find a way of calming down and get past the feelings by expressing them. Do a breathing exercise, play with a pet listen to music, go for a walk or a bike ride or as a matter of fact anything that help you shift to a better mood.

Some people, sometimes take it out on themselves when upset or stressed up. But that is not a good idea because there are always people to help you. Be kind to yourself and ask for a helping hand. Somebody is there to give the pat on the back that you need and deserve to get you through the tough situation you are going through.

When you are calm try to face the problem squarely, don’t try to avoid it. There is need to figure what the problem is and even if you cannot solve all of it, you can begin by solving it in piecemeal.

Also stress victim need to have a positive mindset. This is because most stress is temporary. Though it may not seek like you will be able to get out of the situation when you are at the middle it but more often than not it goes away especially when you identify the problem and you work on solving it.

Healthy habits can prevent the harmful effects of stress. One of these habits is having a daily dose of friendship. It is a great medicine. Have a list of friends and family that you can share your feelings, hopes and joys with.

Regular physical activity eases mental and physical tension. Adults that are physically active have the lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity such as walking, swimming, dancing or biking on daily basis presents a great source of pleasure.

Things that one can not change should not be a bother but it should be accepted. May be one did not utilize her prime very well and age is not on your side anymore, you don’t need to say “I am to old”. There are still things you can do – you can learn new things, set a goal and work towards it or better still get involve in welfare. Laughter eases tension and makes one feels good. So just laugh out loud even when alone at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip.

Bad habits such as taking too much alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine should be dropped because they can increase stress.

Always plan ahead of time to allow enough time to get things done. Don’t allow yourself to be shoked up then you start using a fire-brigade approach. Planning helps you go at your pace instead of racing ensure that you get enough sleep. Experts advised at least getting six to eight hours sleep every night. Getting involved in physical activity may also improve your quality of sleep.

Be more organized by having a list of what to do which will help you to focus on the most important tasks. And the approach should be one at a time, for instance starts by organising just one part of your life like arranging your kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.

Practice giving back to society. Volunteer your time or money to help those in need because helping others helps you getting an inner joy that could not be got from any where. Try to return a favour to a friend, neighbour of collea.

That you were not able to clean your kitchen or finish one task or the other would not make the world to come to an end. So there is no need of getting worked up or worried. Certainly you need to do these things but that you could not meet up today does not mean you should raise your adrenaline.

Note that “it takes dedication and inner strength to achieve that special peace about yourself that will enable you take life’s craziness and insanity and create your own special place. Having a special place is important because the self is important.

The concept of self merely refers to the notion of ensuring that you are in working order as a human being and that your faculties function to the greatest human potential which enable you contribute to society as a whole instead of as a sum of your parts”, according stress-relief-articles. Com.

Vivian-Peace Gboelo

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Assemblies Of God Women Move To Check Hypertension Prevalence

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As the women of Assemblies of God, Ikwerre -South District, aka Canaan City, converged for a three-day religious summit in Alakahia, Port Harcourt, the need for a careful living to check the prevalence of high blood pressure, otherwise called hypertension, has been reechoed. This is part of the obligations of the management of the women department at the district level, at improving the wellbeing of its members.
Hypertension is a health condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. Usually, it is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.
Addressing participants at the conference, recently, Dr Okpako Ebruphiyo highlighted age, black race, family history, overweight and sedentary living as risk factors for hypertension and cautioned them against the intake of alcohol and table salt as such ingredients are not only capable of provoking high blood pressure, but could exacerbate its existence in the body.
The medical expert who emphasised the imperative for body relaxation as a measure against stress, called for regular exercise, regular medical checkup as well as intake of less carbohydrate with more vegetables. Referring to hypertension as a silent killer, she warned that a careless attitude towards it would lead to stroke, aneurysm, heart failure, weakened and narrowed blood vessels in kidneys, thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes. Others include metabolic syndrome, trouble with memory or understanding and dementia.
Hypertension is the most common modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women. The prevalence and severity of hypertension rise markedly with age, and blood pressure control becomes more difficult with aging in both genders, particularly in women. According to research, hypertension is less common in women, compared with men, in those younger than 65 years of age, but is more common in elderly (65 years and older) women than men. 
As a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease, keeping blood pressure under control is vital for preserving health and reducing the risk of these dangerous conditions.

By: Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi

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Want Your Marriage To Work?

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*Secret 1
Everyone you marry has a weakness. Only God does not have a weakness. So if you focus on your spouse’s weakness you can’t get the best out of his/her strength.
*Secret 2*
Everyone has a dark history. No one is an angel. When you get married or you want to get married, stop digging into someone’s past. What matters most is the present life of your partner. Old things have passed away. Forgive and forget. Focus on the present and the future.
Secret 3
Every marriage has its own challenges. Marriage is not a bed of roses. Every good marriage has gone through its own test of blazing fire. True love proves in times of challenges. Fight for your marriage. Make up your mind to stay with your spouse in times of need. Remember the vow: For better for worse. In sickness and in health be there.
Secret 4
Every marriage has different levels of success. Don’t compare your marriage with that of any one else. We can never be equal. Some will be far, some behind. To avoid marriage stresses, be patient, work hard and with time your marriage dreams shall come true.
Secret 5
To get married is declaring war. When you get married you must declare war against enemies of marriage. Some enemies of marriage are:
Ignorance, Prayerlessness, Unforgiveness, Third party influence, Stinginess, Stubbornness Lack of love, Rudeness, Laziness, Disrespect, Cheating etc. Be ready to fight to maintain your marriage zone.
Secret 6
There is no perfect marriage. There is no ready – made marriage. Marriage is hard work. Volunteer yourself to work daily on it. Marriage is like a car that needs proper maintenance and proper service. If this is not done it will break down somewhere exposing the owner to danger, or some unhealthy circumstances. Let us not be careless about our marriages.
Secret 7
God cannot give you a complete person you desire. He gives you the person in the form of raw materials in order for you to mold the person into what you desire. This can only be achieved through prayer, love and Patience
Secret 8
Getting married is taking a huge risk. You can not predict what will happen in the future. Situations may change so leave room for adjustments. Husband can lose his good job or you may fail to have babies. All these require you to be prayerful otherwise you might divorce.
Secret 9
Marriage is not a contract. It is permanent. It needs total commitment. Love is the glue that sticks the couple together. Divorce starts in the mind and the devil feeds the mind. Never ever entertain thoughts of getting a divorce. Never threaten your spouse with divorce. Choose to remain married. God hates divorce.
Secret 10
Every marriage has a price to pay. Marriage is like a bank account. It is the money that you deposit that you withdraw. If you don’t deposit love, peace and care into your marriage, you are not a candidate for a blissful home.
So today let us pray for our marriages.

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Oshoala Tasks Nigerian Girls On Education

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Reigning CAF Woman Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala, has urged Nigerian girls to focus on their education while  exhibiting talents in sports, especially football.
Oshoala, also the Captain of the senior national female football team, Super Falcons,  spoke at the 59th Inter-House Sports Competition of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, on Saturday.
According to her,  proper education can guarantee success of any individual and ensure production of exemplary future leaders.
She said that education could go side-by-side with sports, adding that in such a situation,  one should  not suffer because of the other.
“I feel very happy to be here today. I am amazed with what I have witnessed here today. It is very heartwarming.
“I am excited  seeing girls compete with much zeal in the various sports showcased at this occasion.
“It shows that these girls are discovering their passion for sports unlike what it used to be in the past, where it was an ‘all boys’ thing.
“Talking about football specifically, I will really love to have  lots of Asisat Oshoalas in Nigeria, but first thing first: education is very critical,” she said.
The footballer said that there was the need to ensure that  young people, especially girls, would  take their education serious.
“This, however, does not stop them from showcasing their talents in the area of sports, especially football,” she said.
The four-time CAF African Woman Footballer of the Year, who plies her trade with the  Barcelona Female Football Club in Spain, said that  she almost missed out when she decided to opt out of education to concentrate on football.
“I chose sports at some point, but at the end of the day, I realised the place of education and retraced my steps by embracing it, while still being active in sports.
“This, therefore, is the right period to let these girls understand that education and sports can go hand-in-hand,” the Brand Ambassador of Emzor said.

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