6 Stress-Busting Treasures that Bring Life Back to Relaxation

Stress is that keyword from which we all want to get rid of. But I will suggest to go for STRESS.

captureStress is an outcome of a deviation of the reality from the expectations of a person. It is generally caused by external materialistic forces. The only way to fight with stress is to accept the situation and analyze it in the light of various perceptions and angles. Being diagnostic is a pre-requisite to be able to handle a stressful situation in the right way.

The STRESS technique to overcome stress emphasizes on a positive effort to realize the possible causes of stress,  be expressive, not in loud but a gentle manner and be able to reach a simple solution to curb stress.  Mere getting frustrated or escaping the very situation would never eliminate stress,  rather it would add to it further in future. Therefore, the need is to be pragmatic and calm, do away with stress and focus on a better future for a happy living.

Here are the 6 stress busters:

1. Feel your Breath

One of the best technique to control and reduce stress level is to Take Deep and Long Breaths. Researchers at American Institute of Stress have verified the fact that deep breathing has many benefits like the following:

  • Brings oxygen to the brain
  • Decreases Blood Pressure
  • Steps down the Metabolism

Sit calm, close the eyes and feel the breath. The very feeling of being alive gives inner joy and pleasure. It helps us to calm down and creates the ability to sort problems out that are significant and avoid the insignificant issues that bother us.

2. Pen Down the Pain

If something is really annoying us and we want to vanish it, then, WRITE everything we feel, on a piece of paper. Let the emotions flow till our thought process becomes clear and streamlined.

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Writing down is a great remedy to stress as it drains out all the negative thoughts crowding inside us. Often, we also get a solution to our problem while we are writing it down and undoubtedly, it gives a sense of satisfaction to us. Also, more and more writing would improve our skills and we will be able to express ourselves better as a writer!

3. Entertain Yourself

The best technique to disappear the stress is to perform activities that we like the most. It could be dancing, singing, photography, traveling, writing, playing or listening to musical instruments, playing our favorite sport or game, etc. It develops confidence, joy and a lot of positive energy in us.

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It is essential to take time out for oneself as we understand ourselves the best and we know not just the cause but also the best solution to our problems. Doing what we like burns out the stress. These activities drive our concentration towards them as they are so joyful that they rejuvenate us.

4. Go for a Walk 

Get connected with the natural environment. Human beings, by default, are a part of nature and are best connected to things that are natural. These days, people are so much engrossed into gadgets and technology that have distanced them from the reality of life. This is a major reason for stress and frustration among people. It kills our efficiency to think compositely and unnecessarily makes us gloomy.

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A walk close to nature without any gadgets along, even without a verbal communication required, gives us a sense o connection with nature and all the creations of God. It fills our heart with peace and joy. Also, a silent walk gets to our memory things that we mostly avoid, memories that make us smile and several creative ideas come up. With a calm mindset, we try to find easy solutions to many of our problems. But, remember one thumb rule, Go for a walk to think nothing, only then it is helpful. Our mind is a magical tool which needs space to work perfectly. The more we set it free, the more it functions efficiently.

5. Make a Planner

Usually, as a student, we certainly have lots of assignments, exams, extracurricular activities, volunteering, managing expenses and endless reasons for stress. I would suggest rather than getting overburdened, take this positively.

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Make a Planner with priority tasks and this is how it becomes so easy to manage everything. A feasible schedule is a key to getting things done on time and in the best possible fashion. It also helps us to spare time for our leisure and pursue our hobbies. Doing this can make us feel more comfortable and relaxed.

6. Meet People and Talk to them 

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Sometimes the best pill to overcome the pressure is to have a healthy conversation with the most influential people we know. They may be our family, friends, professors, or mentors. We just need to spend some time with them. It may not even be necessary to discuss the exact problems and seek solutions to them from people. But, conversations with people we value gives us a sense of relief and helps us keep our calm.  While we communicate, we may understand things that we have been ignoring and we may get ways to come out of the stress we go through. All the problems will disappear and we will have a new angle towards life.

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The Secret to Getting a Job After You Graduate

The online job search struggle

The old saying is true: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

If you are anything like me, you know that online job hunting in a new industry is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

You can’t land an interview for an entry-level position with less than five years of experience, and everyone and their grandmothers are applying for the same jobs through the same online search engines as you are.

When I first graduated from university, I was one of the only students in my Environmental Studies class that had actually managed to score a full-time, salary earning, dental-covered, and professional position within the environmental sector. Prior to that, I had applied online for at least 50 jobs in the industry without as much as an email recognizing that my resume had even been received.

So, what am I getting at?

Well, if you can’t find a job, it’s because you’re looking in the wrong places!

Good jobs aren’t advertised on job search engines

Having worked in the industry now for a few years, I have witnessed the hiring of over a dozen new staff members — none of which have been hired through an internet job posting.

Yes, we are all aware of formal job markets. A company has an opening, posts an ad on an online search engine and boom, they receive 300 applications – not only from people all over the country, but all over the world. Yep, you are competing in a global job market.

The informal job market is a little less obvious, as 80% of jobs aren’t even advertised. Through networking, you get VIP access to the informal job market that isn’t broadcasted to the entire world through job search engines. Through networking, you get your name out there and have access to these jobs before anyone else.

You’re not networking

The word networking used to send chills down my spine. I would think, “Yuck, salesman, awkward, fake, and exhausting.” A lot of my colleagues feel the same way and throw it on the back burner, chuckling, “That’s what the sales team is for!”

You need to start thinking of networking a little differently. All networking really requires is for you to socialize. You’ve been socializing your entire life – making friends and having fun. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, so don’t complicate things.

How networking really works

Picture this:

Someone you work with has disclosed to you that they are accepting another position with a different company (probably through a referral from their network, but I digress). You know there will be an open position in your department soon and you think, “My friend John would be great for this job!” You recommend John to your hiring manager and before you know it, John has a job because he is a stand-up guy!

There will most likely be a referral bonus in it for you too! A what? A referral bonus! Yes, management rewards you for saving them the process of posting a job on the internet. Here’s two-thousand dollars for saving us the hassle of hiring someone on our own.

Networking is about your ability to build relationships and it is ultimately what will distinguish you from your competition. The most efficient way to get ahead is to network.

Not only will networking give you access to the informal job market, it also provides you with other useful advantages.

Networking perks

First of all, professional advice isn’t cheap; and what’s better than access to free information? Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t. Often you will have an opportunity to network with someone older and well established in an industry. Professionals will have much more experience and knowledge of your industry than you do. CAPITALIZE ON THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Be vulnerable, show that you want to learn and that you are interested in hearing about what they have to say. You won’t be remembered for what you said, but for how you made someone feel. If you show genuine interest in the professionals career and show thanks, they will remember you as an eager young professional and respect you.

Lastly, every person you meet has the ability to introduce you to someone else in their network. Everyone is connected by just 6 degrees of separation. So, even if that someone can’t give you the job you want, they can probably introduce you to someone else who can.

Stop wasting your time

Yes, online job search engines are a great starting point to finding the requirements needed to get a job. But, they certainly are not the most efficient or effective way to actually get a job.

So stop wasting your time behind your computer. Get out there and start socializing, and have fun like your future job depends on it.

By: Ask Tech Girl

Student, Full-time Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications Diploma Program, September 2016 Intake

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