Category: Stress Management
In today's society of fast paced living, who isn't stressed? Everything must be done in a rush, and there is no time to just sit and relax. We feel we must do more and in a hurry to keep up with the world around us. We also find it hard to refuse people and can't say no to their requests, which adds more stress to our already stressful life. I have to tell you, if you're stressed you must continue to read and take action to lower your stress levels, insha'Allaah. The following are some tips to help you insha'Allaah:
Listen to the Qur'aan, paying attention to the meaning. This is the most soothing part of my stressful day; I will listen to Surah Ar-Rahmaan; sometimes I will even cry as I am listening to this surah, to let everything out, and yet remember, "Which of His favors can we ever deny". It just humbles me, and reminds me of my blessings and it calms me down tremendously alhamdulillaah.
Pray 2 rakaah nafl. Sometimes we need to stop everything when we're stressed, make wudhoo, and pray 2 rakaah nafl, and cry it out to Allaah (SWT). It is only He that can relieve us of our stress. Go to Him, and tell Him, and ask Him for mercy and help.
Make sure you are not dehydrated. Drink lots of water, or green tea. Have at least 8 cups to make sure you're hydrated through out the day; this alone has been a major stress reducer. Dehydration is also the cause of many headaches. We often forget to take care of ourselves, and water is one drink that many of us do not drink enough of; put sticky notes up everywhere to drink 8 cups a day, to remind you, insha'Allaah.
Say "No" to extra work. You have to set boundaries. Just let people know kindly that you can't do certain things, and that you already have enough on your plate. Learn to say "NO". This has been one of the hardest things for me to do. So I know it can be tough, but after awhile you will realize it's not so bad, insha'Allaah.
Stop procrastinating and get things done. De-cluttering helps the mind relax, while mess causes the mind stress As a mom I hate my house to be messy. Seeing it that way stresses me out. When I see it messy I must leave my work and take out 15 minutes to clean it up, and then go back to what I was doing. The hard part is doing it, yet, after I have cleaned the mess I feel relieved, and happy to be back at work.
5 times a day. Usually our day is so jam-packed that we forget to enjoy it. We're always in a hurry to do one thing and then the next. Stop for a moment, and relax. Think of something funny, or go online and sign up for the joke of the day. This way you make sure you smile at least once every day. You know it only takes 17 muscles in our face to smile, and 41 to frown.
"They ask you (O Muhammad) what they should spend in charity. Say: 'Whatever you spend with a good heart, give it to parents, relatives, orphans, the helpless, and travelers in need. Whatever good you do, God is aware of it.'" - The Holy Quran, 2:215
Zohra Sarwari is an established author, coach, entrepreneur, and speaker, sharing her inspiration and love of learning with those around her. She is the author of 7 books, "9 Steps To Achieve Your Destiny" is her first self published book. This book is a must for all youth and adults; it explores the steps that, if practiced daily, will change your life.
Her recently published books are :
Imagine that Today is Your Last Day,
NO! I AM NOT A TERRORIST!,
Are Muslim Women Oppressed?,
Powerful Time Management Skills for Muslims and Speaking Skills Every Muslim Must Know. Her official website is http://www.zohrasarwari.com
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