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Managing Stress

Everyone experiences stress.  It can be caused by a variety of situations; what is stressful for one person may not be stressful for another.   Stress is a feeling of anger, frustration, fear or anxiousness when we feel a situation is out of our control.  

The positive side of stress (in small doses) is that it can motivate you to be more productive or to meet deadlines on time.  The down side is that too much stress can cause health problems, as well as problems in relationships.


When you are stressed, your brain believes you are in danger and releases a sudden burst of hormones to increase your ability to respond.  In our modern society, however, an over abundance of these hormones can cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Constant and unremitting stress frequently leads to anxiety and unhealthy behaviors like overeating and misuse of alcohol or drugs.  

So, what can you do to reduce your body’s stress responses? Life’s circumstances may not change, but you can effectively manage how you respond, and you can take measures to control and reduce your stress.

Identify the sources of stress in your life.  You may already know some of the things that are causing stress; it could be someone at work, or a task you dislike.  It could be a fear of messing up or doing something the wrong way or not even knowing what to do at all.   Think carefully.   Spend time each day breathing deeply while you pray, or meditate.   Learn to change your “self-talk” about how you will respond.

Steer clear of unnecessary stress.  Take control of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with difficulties.  Live a balanced life.  Don’t do things that will increase your stress.

 If someone disagrees with you, it’s o.k.  Let them believe what they want; it doesn’t affect what you believe.   If you know that certain behavior or substances like caffeine, alcohol, or risky behaviors will get you in trouble – don’t do it.
 
Change your perspective of stressful situations.  Be willing to make allowances; pick your battles; decide what’s really important and don’t sweat the small stuff.  Accept the things you can’t change.  

Make time for fun and relaxation.  Adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Eat properly and get plenty of exercise.  Walking briskly for even fifteen minutes a day will make a big difference.    Find a sport you enjoy or an exercise program.   Try to avoid too many fatty, sugary foods.  They may taste good going down, but you’ll pay for it later.  Find time to enjoy and appreciate all the good things in your life.

... And peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds.

 

http://www.military.com/education/keys-to-success/tips-for-stress-management.html

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm

 

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