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Coping with tension

Updated on July 14, 2014
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By Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin

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How to cope with tension

We cope with tension with:

1. Self-care

2. Anticipating problems

3. Practicing mindfulness

4. Self-awareness

5. Faith.

We feel tension from various sources daily. It sometimes feels inexorable and persistent, more if it comes from external sources you cannot control.

But control it we must, as it destroys relationships. More dangerously, it impairs the mind.

Dealing with it is a matter of balance, much like walking on a tightrope. It involves self-care and planning ahead.

Below is a little sonnet on negotiating the tightropes of tense feelings that overstretch from time to time.


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Mind's Tightrope


Veins in the mind, lines strung and taught,

Toes tread soft on fragile strings:

Taught and sharp, now overwrought

Walk infirm, uneven swing

Dealing with tension


Mind's taught frame, about to burst,

Tiptoe forth with sense acute;

Brow drenched in sweat, mouth parched with thirst,

On rigid lines try to commute

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With eyes ahead, and then on self

Then do forward pace;

With even keel and watch on health,

And Faith's releasing grace.

How do you deal with tension?

See results

For strained lines, we do prepare

Lest these stiff veins, they do ensnare.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Quite timely and beautiful article. God bless you, Michelle.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A good topic for many. Nicely done. I'm happy to report I don't have tension in my life, but when I do have it, I let it go....but it took years to learn how to do that.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Well done an excellent read, thank you. Jamie

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill.

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Excelente midget. You are a gifted poet and as Billybuc said, this is an important topic. The image that the top of your hub is powerful and effective in revealing tension at its most acute and prepares us for what's ahead. Nice job.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Love your suggestions for a tense-free life. When I do feel stressed, I find thinking positive and prayer works well. This post is a keeper!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I hate to say this, but I only forget my worries and woes by working. Writing also works, because it distracts my senses away from problems. Great poem!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I live with tension daily. Most of the time, it is from the constant drive to help others with the time and talents I have. In some small way, I want to help make the world a better place. Sometimes, I just have to close my eyes, and visual the top of my head opening up and all of the things I am thinking about flying away in the wind. Then, I can relax for a while!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm not as tense as I used to be. I'm mostly positive and take breaks often. Stretching while on the floor keeps my muscles from tensing up. Thanks for such a good hub. Sharing.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great words form you and so much of thought put into this hub.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Beautifully written. I used to have a lot of tension in the past but nowadays I'm more relaxed.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      I am still cross with myself that I still allow myself to become tense. Of course being cross makes me even more tense. I'm a born worrier! Breathing, walking, and exercise all help.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nicely done hub on tension, which we cannot escape in our daily life. But the important thing is to manage it so it does not harm you.

      Thanks, voted up and shared on HP!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you for the hub so nicely made. I cope with tension by listening to relaxing music and doing pranayama, a type of breathing exercise which can help all to fight tension.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 3 years ago from Georgia

      This is very helpful!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm a deep thinker, innately sensitive and habitually worry on stuff that they said, I shouldn't sweat about but I'm learning to take it easy and so far, so good. Self care and faith are very important.

      Great, valuable hub. Beautiful lines. Voted up and sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Lambservant.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Dianna!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Work takes our minds off it all at times!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Sometimes, it's just letting go, Denise!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Audrey!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Devika!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janet!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Not easy to strike a balance, Travmaj!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Arun.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Victoria!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Cristina!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, chitra.

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