Agitation and stress: how to find relief in a busy world

Agitation and stress: how to find relief in a busy world

  • Nov, 8 2023

Understanding the Beast: Comprehending Stress & Agitation

Have you ever felt as though your mind was racing faster than a horse on a racetrack? That's how I often found myself just a few years ago. My thoughts were wild stallions, refusing to be tamed or corralled. This phenomenon, my friends, is often referred to as agitation. And stress? It's as if you're carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, Atlas style. It's the constant feeling of impending doom, impending deadlines, and impending life. Life in the 21st century can be described as 'Busy' with a capital B, and it's no surprise that we often find ourselves caught in the maelstrom of agitation and stress. But fear not, for there is calm after the storm. Walk with me, as we traverse the interesting, yet complex landscape of destressing in a perpetually busy world.

Dissecting the Symptoms: Identifying the Stressors

The first step towards solving a problem, is identifying its existence, isn't it? It may sound cliché, but how often do we find ourselves hurtling through life without pausing to consider that something might be off-kilter? Stress and agitation often come disguised as other ailments - headaches, indigestion, sleep disorders, and even poor concentration. There's this intriguing fact that I came across: according to the American Institute of Stress, about 33 percent of people report feeling extreme stress, while 77 percent of people experience stress that affects their physical health. So, the first step towards finding relief? Tame the beast by giving it a name. It's not just a headache; it might be stress. It's not a random bout of anger; it could be agitation! Remember, the devil (read: stressor) is in the detail.

Building the Fort: Strategies for Stress Management

Once we’ve addressed the elephant in the room, it’s time to find ways to manage and mitigate the stressors disrupting our mental peace. Various strategies can help in theorizing a personalized battle plan against stress. These methods could be as simple as establishing a regular exercise routine, practicing mindfulness, or nurturing a hobby. Also, consider avoiding procrastination, improving time management, and yes, incorporating moments of relaxation into your daily routine. Matilda and I decided to adopt Max, our Golden Retriever, as a part of our stress-busting plan. Boy did it work! Studies have found that having a pet can lower stress and blood pressure rates, and increase feelings of happiness and contentment. Here's a fun fact: A Japanese study discovered that just looking at a pet can lower your stress hormones!

The Power of a Chat: Talk it Out

Words have an undeniable power. Especially when you are experiencing stress or agitation. In such situations, merely talking about what's troubling you can work wonders in reducing the intensity of those feelings. A problem shared is indeed, a problem halved. So, don’t hold back. Open up to a trusted friend, family member, or a professional counsellor, when you feel overwhelmed. Venting out your frustrations allows you to rationalize them, making the whole situation appear much more manageable.

Recharging the Batteries: Activities for Rejuvenation

Once you've managed to wrangle the stress beast into submission with effective strategies, it's time for the final act - rejuvenation. See, de-stressing doesn't simply involve identifying and managing sources of stress. It's about getting back that spark, that zest for life! This is where activities for rejuvenation come in. This could include yoga, meditation, art therapy, or any activity that gets your endorphins flowing. Fun Fact: Did you know that 'endorphin' stands for 'endogenous morphine'? This literally means that these hormones, naturally produced by our body in response to stress or discomfort, are our body's natural painkillers! Now, that's fascinating, isn't it? Here's tip: Find activities that make you happy and help you relax. For me, it's going for long walks with Matilda and providing vigorous belly rubs to Max. Find that activity for you, because after all, isn’t happiness the best medicine?

To conclude, in our constant strive for success, it's easy to become overwhelmed and allow stress to steer the wheel. But it's important to remember that stress is merely a part of life, not life itself. So, embrace these tools and techniques to address, manage and beat stress. You've got this! And remember, every once in a while, it's okay to let go and trust the journey. As the famous Australian saying goes, "She'll be right, mate!"