It is a generally recognized fact that we live in a world that is full of tension and pressure. Tension surrounds us. It is in the rhythm of our lives in the cities and hubs. It is in our talks, our society. It breeds in us. Fortunate indeed are people who don’t let tension to push them and guide them. They don’t let tension decide their course of action for them.
A certain amount of tension is a good thing. It stimulates you and keeps your creative process operating at top efficiency. But most of it is usually ‘unwanted’. Perhaps it would be a good thing if we mastered the art of turning tension off and on as we turn off the fan. We would then be able to use tension when it served our purposed, and stop it when it begins to overwhelm us. An excellent technique of handling tension is first consciously tense up your whole body, start with your eyebrows and go further down. And then relax and release. Everyone should have private retreat where he or she can retire from the hurrying, scurrying, tension-filled world, and renew his or her spirit. A place away from the hustles and bustles of the city life. You have to give God a chance to reach your soul with his healing power. After a while you become aware that there is a certain rhythm in nature, a rhythm you had not been conscious of before. A slow, relaxed rhythm, not the hurried pace emblematic of the city life. You begin to enjoy this solitude, you feel less tension, more peace and greater strength. Not everyone has the privilege of enjoying a convenient, lonely holiday in a secluded hill-top or a beach. But anyone can find a quite place if he or she really wants to. Actually a quiet place doesn’t have to be a physical place; it can simply be in your thoughts. And out of this quietness and solitude comes vitality and force.
Tension exists in the mind, in your attitude towards confusion, noise and problems. Successful positive thinkers manage to keep their life relaxed and poised. You may ask how .The answer to this is that they study their successes. There is no wisdom is failure, but when you have succeeded, study how you did it and see if you can apply the same technique to the next task or problem. Dealing with one thing at a time, this policy can undercut tension and keep your emotions under good control. When things start coming at you from every direction and multiple problems are competing for your tension, remind yourself: ‘One thing at a time’. Doctors tell us that certain thoughts can make us sick, actually physically sick. Such thoughts are hate, fear, anxiety, to mention only three. Whereas long-held thoughts of love, peace and fait can make you well.
You can easily talk yourself into being tense. A verbal statement is simply an articulated thought. so when you talk tension, you are thinking tension; and as you think tension you develop a tense state which results temperamental blabbering. It is a kind of nervous habit nowadays just to jabber so take it easy and slow when you are speaking. Another technique for reducing tension is :Plan Backward. Now you may ask, “Why plan ‘backward and not ahead?”.Because planning backward contains the idea of a specific goal. You choose a goal, picture yourself accomplishing it, then plan backward until you know where and how you must start.
One or more of the following suggestions may both help you reduce anxiety and work effectively:
- Adopt positive attitude, making positive statements to yourself. Because the important and decisive factor in life is not what happens to us, but the attitude we take towards what happens.
- Stop thoughts that worry you. Worrying about a problem, difficulty or failure only leads to pessimism.
- Know and adapt to situations that cause you both the most and the least anxiety.
- Rehearse and simulate situations you find difficult.
- Focus on the tasks at hand rather than yourself.
- Write things down on paper rather than keeping them in your head.
- Listen to music. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain the body, can lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
- Eat right. Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related.
- Breathe easy. “Take a deep breath”, may seem a clichéd advice but it hold true when it comes to tension and stress. Breathe in and hold your breath for a moment before slowly exhaling. As you do so relax your forehead and jaw.
- Laugh it off. Laughter releases endorphins that improves the mood and decreases levels of stress causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
- Exercise. A short walk around the house, a game of squash, can offer immediate relief in a tension-filled situation. Getting your blood moving releases endorphins and can improve your mood instantaneously.
- Sleep Better. Get the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep is the key cause for tension, pressure and stress. Make it a point to get the 7-8 hours of sleep. avoid indigestible food, stimulants like aerated drinks, hot chocolate or too much coffee.