Managing Stress

Published July 28, 2008 by starvillanueva

We all talk about stress, but we are not always clear about what it is. This is because stress comes from both the good and the bad things that happen to us. If we did not feel any stress, we would not be alive!

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight  stress response. Some stress is normal and even useful. It can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, or trouble sleeping.

How can you relieve stress?

You will feel better if you can find ways to get stress out of your system. The best ways to relieve stress are different for each person. Try some of these ideas to see which ones work for you:

  • Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Walking is a great way to get started.
  • Write. It can help to write about the things that are bothering you.
  • Let your feelings out. Talk, laugh, cry, and express anger when you need to.
  • Do something you enjoy. A hobby can help you relax.
  • Learn ways to relax your body. This can include breathing exercises, massage, aromatherapy, beauty & SPA treatments, yoga, or relaxing exercises like tai chi
  • Focus on the present. Try meditation or Listen to relaxing music. Try to look for the humor in life. Laughter really can be the best medicine.

 

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