Life Support: How to be calmer
Essential skills for the modern world
Monday 02 February 2009
Feelings of stress can be overwhelming, but remember that they are just that – feelings. It is possible to take control of one's emotions using simple physical and mental techniques.
Spend some time alone
Constantly being surrounded by other people can heighten anxiety. Mobile phones and email add to this, making it very difficult to disconnect from friends and family while at work, and vice versa in the evening and at weekends. Sometimes in order to switch off one has to do just that.
Exercise releases endorphins and thereby reduces stress, albeit temporarily. However, the type of exercise that one chooses to do is also important. While high-intensity workouts are great for blowing off steam, gentle exercise such as yoga, pilates and walking actually prove more effective in reducing long-term stress.
Not getting enough sleep can increase stress levels. If you find it difficult to wind down before bed and the hot drink and warm bath remedies are failing, progressive muscle relaxation can help. Lie down and slowly tense and relax each muscle in your body in turn.
Take a tip from the over-sixties
People over 60 are more likely to feel a sense of calm and ease than their younger counterparts. Adopting a more forgiving attitude could be a good way of avoiding stressful clashes.
Stress can sometimes be a positive force, sharpening a student's mental acuity in exams or pushing sportsmen to perform better out on the field. But usually it achieves very little. Indeed, while stress has been linked to strokes, recent research has shown that calm people are less likely to suffer degenerative diseases such as dementia.
Matt Smith is set to join cast of Jane Austen classic - with a twist
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Survivor William Pooley is flown to US to give doctor with virus emergency blood transfusion
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
Tezenis removes 'crime scene' pants from Oxford Street store after backlash over 'rape' connotations
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
iOS 8 review: not an overhaul, but the iPhone is gradually growing up
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 'Necrophilia-obsessed' girl among double murder accused in three-way sex case
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve
£110 - £130 per day + Competitive rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: Pr...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior IT Support Engineer - Educati...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: KS2 teacher required ...
£15000 - £16000 per annum: Randstad Education Group: To work as part of the Le...