Stress Management

Stress is a commonly used word nowadays, from working people to non-working, and from post-graduates to school-going kids.

Before elaborating on this word, let us understand what stress is – ‘Stress is a natural feeling of not being able to cope with specific demands and events that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.’

Now, let us understand why anyone gets stressed. It is a natural reaction to pressure caused by several factors :

  • Inability to accept failure or uncertainty;
  • Negative self-talk;
  • Unrealistic expectations;
  • Unpreparedness;
  • Life transitions;
  • Competitiveness;
  • Comparisons with others;
  • Family issues;
  • Relationship difficulties.

Whenever anyone gets stressed, there are some unwanted symptoms :

  • Rapid heartbeat;
  • Headache;
  • Stiff neck;
  • Tight shoulders;
  • Backache;
  • Rapid breathing;
  • Sweating and sweaty palms;
  • Upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea;
  • Sleep trouble;
  • Weakening of the immune system;
  • Negative/self-critical thinking; 
  • Confusion; 
  • Racing thoughts; 
  • Going blank;
  • Difficulties with problem-solving.

There are many myths about stress. The most common one is that it is not at all good; however, the facts are :

  • It is not at all bad;
  • It is a strong incentive for individuals to do their best;
  • It poses a challenge for individual achievement;
  • It can be positive, helping you to be motivated and focused;
  • Low levels of stress are manageable, in fact, necessary & normal.

If there is an issue, then there will be a solution. 

Here are some necessary STEPS to overcome stress :

  • Identifying stress factors;
  • Identify stress relievers;
  • Manage your Time;
  • Relax;
  • Follow routine;
  • Ask for help;
  • Practice breathing techniques;
  • Exercise.

There is a key for every lock; just make an effort to search for that key…✍️

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Balanced Life

Once I saw gymnasts performing artistic gymnastics. I was very impressed with the balance of all gymnasts.

Therefore, I went to the coach and asked him about the secret of that balance. He told me that one could achieve it through proper training and regular practice with dedication.

His answer enlightened me. I kept on thinking about bringing that balance into my life.

Every human-beings life is different. It consists of many aspects: personal life, professional life, and social life.

We need to maintain balance in life for a happy and prosperous life.

When we are living with balance in life, we are living with peace and harmony every day. Balance comes in physical forms, emotional forms, and a spiritual form.

A balance leads to a happy and contented life; it ensures our growth as an individual and secures our mental peace and well-being.

Here is how to balance life:

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The different aspects of a balanced life include:

  1. Physical balance :

Focus on a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right is great for our body. Our body is very precious. We need it for our existence in this world. A healthy body helps us to live our life to the fullest.

Here are some tips for physical balance:

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2. Mental balance:

Mental balance means having a positive outlook (https://ables.in/2018/09/12/positive-attitude/), focusing on good habits, and lowering stress. Your proper thought process helps you to maintain your mental health. Reading good books will help in our mental balance ( https://ables.in/2020/07/24/stress-management/).

3. Emotional Balance :

Emotional balance occurs when we allow ourselves to feel whatever comes into our life; without feeling stifled or overwhelmed and learn to accept our feelings without judgment. 

Try to develop your emotional intelligence to achieve emotional balance in your life (https://ables.in/2018/06/01/importance-of-eq-emotional-intelligence-2/)

4. Social Balance :

We all are social living beings. For social balance, we need to develop our interpersonal skills. It will help you in living harmoniously in society (https://ables.in/2019/12/08/moral-education/). 

5. Work/Financial :

Work-life balance describes the balance that a working-individual needs between time allocated for work and other aspects of life. Areas of life other than work-life can include personal interests, family, and social or leisure activities.

Steps for work-life balance :

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The components of work-life balance:

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6. Spiritual balance :

It is the most neglected aspect of today’s life. Being spiritual is different from being religious. Spiritual balance means to be in regular contact with self by inner peace and meditation ( https://ables.in/2020/04/07/meditation/).

If we focus too much on one area, then we risk neglecting another one.

It’s an art; we must master it for a balanced life.

One can achieve balance in life through continuous learning, training, and proper guidance…✍️

Mentoring and its benefits

Everyone in this world needs proper guidance to be successful in their career and life.

The person who provides that guidance is called a mentor. The process of providing that guidance, sharing knowledge, skills, and life experience to guide another towards reaching their full potential is mentoring.

Let us further understand what mentoring is :

  • It is a positive, supportive relationship, encouraging young people to develop to their fullest potential;
  • It entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period;
  • A mentor passes skills and knowledge to the mentee;
  • It is a long-term process based on mutual trust and respect;
  • It is more focused on creating an informal association between the mentor and mentee;
  • It is a learning relationship, generally focused on long term career development;
  • It offers the chance to improve communication skills and develop leadership abilities;
  • It helps to grow their confidence in areas of expertise;
  • The primary purpose is personal growth, building skills, knowledge, and understanding.

A mentor invests their time and effort into their mentorship duties and truly wants to help a mentee grow in their personal and professional life.

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Benefits of having a Mentor

  • Encouragement and support for growth and improvement;
  • Guidance/collaboration;
  • Advice;
  • Building a professional network;
  • Receiving feedback on behavior;
  • Open your mind to new ideas and possibilities;
  • Identify opportunities and advise on how to promote yourself;
  • The growth opportunity will be immense.

Mentoring depends on trust, confidentiality, mutual respect, and sensitivity. A mentor may help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources.

Eight Tips for Getting the Most Out of Mentoring :

  1. Spend time with your mentor;
  2. Articulate your goals and objectives;
  3. Come to meetings prepared;
  4. Have your mentor observe you in action;
  5. Build your network.

Friends, looking at the benefit of mentoring and having a mentor, one must go for mentoring. It will be beneficial for your personal and professional growth.