Catherine Oyelowo has it going all smooth for her.

She has a well-to-do businessman at one of the top oil and gas companies as a husband, beautiful children and a flourishing business. What more could she be asking for? From time to time, she comes back home stressed. Her Personal Assistant does not seem to be much of a personal assistant. She is often not able to handle the tasks as she wants it. Being a perfectionist makes it worse and has Catherine handling everything once a flaw is noticed.

Her friends once referred to her stress symptoms as ‘Problems for the deep pockets.’

Lately, she has been having a concurrent bout of acne, decreased energy, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, appetite change and mild depression.

You might have a similar situation as Catherine. You may be used to juggling several different projects. Plus a personal or family life. And who knows what else? This is where things can get tricky, if you pile on, for example, a sick parent. Or home repairs. Or a problem employee or co-worker? Too much, and you might find yourself feeling stressed.

Unattended stress can eventually lead to depression. Letting the problem linger could result in an averse situation. So, why not nip it in the bud.

Breathe Deeply

Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.

Talk it out. 

Even just talking about your problems with your spouse, friends, or a taxi driver can help provide release. Beyond that, cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to be quite effective. It doesn’t tell you how to feel, but rather, it teaches you how to stay calm and cool when you’re upset about a problem so that you can figure out what to do and how to feel better.

Keep a night -time gratitude journal 

Placing impossible expectations on yourself or others will ultimately lead to sadness. Try to write a gratitude journal daily—writing three thank-you notes a day really does make it less likely you will suffer depression. While you’re at it, put some music on in the background: Research suggests that music can improve moderately depressed moods

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