STRESS MANAGEMENT

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress lasts for a long time, it may harm your health.

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy.
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections.
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.

Stress can be managed by simple day to day routine changes and distractions.

Meditation

Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body relaxation is not the goal of meditation, it is often a result. Studies on the meditation have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Lower heart rate
  • Less perspiration
  • Slower respiratory rate
  • Less anxiety
  • Lower blood cortisol levels
  • More feelings of well-being
  • Less stress
  • Deeper relaxation
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A balanced diet also includes plenty of fruit. Instead of getting fruit from juice, nutrition experts recommend eating whole fruits.

Juice contains fewer nutrients. Also, the manufacturing process often adds empty calories due to added sugar. People should opt for fresh or frozen fruits, or fruits canned in water instead of syrup.

Hobbies

Having a hobby is a great way to spend your spare time and unwind from your daily routine – whether it’s learning a new skill, doing something outdoors, reading, or doing something musical or artistic.

Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Group activities like team sports can improve your communication skills and relationships with others.

Your interests may be creative, athletic, academic, or something distinctly personal. You may choose a hobby that you can do alone or as part of a group. Whatever your interests are, there is sure to be a hobby out there for you. What matters is that it is something you find meaningful and enjoyable.

Spending time with family and friends

Inviting your friends and family to spend quality time together isn’t just for fun, it can impact your life in more ways than you know. It can cause

  • Stress Relief. It’s no secret that confiding in your friendsand family is a healthy way to relieve stress
  • Longer Lifetime
  • Positive Choices
  • Improved Mental Health
  • Increased Self-Esteem
When should I seek help for stress?

The issue with stress is that it exists as a problem that feeds on itself, and over time lowers your ability to cope. Because of this – the sooner you seek help for stress, the better. As stress is often viewed as simply a ‘part of life’, it can be difficult to know when outside support is needed.

As a rule, you should look to seek help if the following is happening:

  • Stress (and the effects of stress) dominate your life.
  • Stress is affecting your physical health.
  • You are using unhealthy coping methods to deal with stress.
  • You are experiencing angry outbursts that are affecting those around you
Stress treatment

  • Recognising the negative effect stress is having on your life, and understanding that this is not OK is an important first step. Once you have admitted to yourself that you need support, you can look into the various treatments available. Your first port of call may be your General Practitioner, who will be able to assess your stress levels and suggest appropriate treatments.
  • Counselling for stress
  • One recommendation commonly offered by doctors is counselling and psychotherapy. Talking with a professional about the difficulties you’re experiencing can help you understand any underlying issues that may be causing your stress – for example, low self-esteem. Working with your counsellor, you will then be able to identify your personal stress triggers and discuss ways of coping with them

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