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Stress Management in the Pandemic

Stress is a word that we use every day, it’s common to hear someone saying “I am stressed”, and when directly translated from Swahili is, ‘i have stress’. April is Stress Awareness Month. Hence, April is a good month to Learning how to cope with stress, because finding proper ways to deal with stressful situations will go a long way in ensuring you live a healthy and productive life more so during such a time when a pandemic is ravaging through the world disrupting life as we knew it.
But, what is stress? In Physics stress is defined as, “pressure or tension exerted on a material object”.In Psychology stress is defined as,” any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Actually,stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action and it is a positive thing. It is an internal warning mechanism that notifies you of change around you and helps your body adjust to new situations. Stress becomes a problem when stressors continue without relief or periods of relaxation because it means your body remains in a fight or flight mode for a long time, hence destabilization the internal system that works best when there’s a balance.
All of us experience stress, but almost everyone copes with it in a different way. So it is difficult to come up with a proper definition of what stress is and the best to describe stress is to list signs that would show you are stressed, and these signs include:
• Body aches and pains.
• Chest pain or a feeling like your heart is racing.
• Fatigue or insomnia
• Dizziness or shaking.
• High blood pressure.
• Muscle tension or jaw clenching.
• Stomach or digestive problems.
• Weak immune system.
• Panic attacks
• Depression
• Over-indulgence in activities including; drinking, smoking, shopping, sexual activities, gambling, eating, and using drugs.
Because stress stems from change, and change is one thing we cannot avoid, how then do we deal with stress positively.

Here are 21 quotes on Stress Management to help you in 2021.
1. “There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” —James Carroll
2. “Breath is the power behind all things…. I breathe in and know that good things will happen.” —Tao
Porchon-Lynch
3. “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your
energy into something positive.”– Lee Iacocca
4. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”– William
James
5. “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”– Ovid
6. “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’– Eckhart Tolle
7. “There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what
happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.”– Garson Kanin
8. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”–
Wayne Dyer
9. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”– Leo F. Buscaglia
10. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”– Lou Holtz
11. “I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”– Steve Maraboli
12. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”-St Paul
13. Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for
sure.”– Oprah Winfrey
14. “Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day
without forcing their buds.”– Osho
15. People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
– George Bernard Shaw
16. “In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
17. “The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.
The calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”– James Allen
18. “That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build
nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”– Chinese Proverb
19. “The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.”– Andrew Bernstein
20. “If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”– Dean Smith
21. “Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”– Robert Eliot

By Winnie

Winnie Seurei-Tanui is a mother, an author & a Public Speaker passionate about Personal Development. She is on a mission of sharing knowledge and ideas that help people live and work boldly.