Stress Management for Health and Happiness

by Percival J. Meris on July 12, 2009

DO YOU KNOW THAT UNREGULATED DAILY STRESSES CAN TAKE ITS TOLL on both your physical and mental health? The following manifestations are indicative of the adverse effects of stress that you experience at work, in your dealings with others, or out of the thoughts that you harbor about your own situation. They are signs that you need to heed some advice on stress relief before your health shows signs of aggravation.

What are the most common symptoms of stress? Psychologically, you may experience anger emotions, a sense of helplessness, or unexplained feelings of fear. Physiologically, you may suffer from insomnia, headache, and pains at the back, jaw, or neck. Behaviorally, you may indulge in overeating, drug abuse, habitual smoking, or drinking.

Stress Levels in Different Individuals

Stress experiences vary from one individual to another. Since stress is a physiologic response to changes, one situation may trigger different stress levels from one individual to another. For instance, driving over a high bridge may produce tension in one, but in another a sense of thrill from the enjoyment of a panoramic view from above. I, for one, get terrified at the thought of skydiving, which others absolutely enjoy – (much to my puzzlement).

Therefore, since what causes stress in one is a source of enjoyment for another, it is next to impossible to objectively evaluate a particular situation as stressful or not. The important thing to do is to identify one’s own stress, and effectively manage it. Unmanaged, stress can produce life-threatening health consequences for the individual concerned.

You may get upset over situations that you have no control over. Actually, it is not the situation itself but how you deal with the situation that determines whether you get stressed or not. True, you cannot control everything that happens to you, but you can decide how to handle those things to avoid getting stressed.

Ways to Manage Stress

1. Practice some breathing exercises with your entire body relaxed. Breathe slowly and deeply, focusing your mind of this activity for a while. Then, imagine a very peaceful scenery, allowing its de-stressing effects to soothe your entire nervous system.

2. Take up some regular exercise regimen. Tensions and stresses are released when you exercise your body. Get you major muscles groups to work. Cycling, walking, swimming, jogging are few of the activities that you can choose from. Just pick one that you enjoy the most.

3. Pause for a while before reacting to any stressful situation. Count up to ten slowly and deliberately. This time interval gives your body a chance to catch up from the suddenness of the situation and enter into more relaxed state.

4. Perform body stretches many times during the day. Stretching relaxes the muscles, releases accumulated tensions, and helps relieve stress.

5. Get some massage, particularly on you neck, shoulder, and upper back areas. A friend or a family can be a convenient person to turn to whenever you need one. These muscles get especially tense when you are stressed.

6. Take hot showers and baths after a stressful day at work.

7. Listen to relaxing music. Do it in an environment conducive to relaxation, like a cool, quiet room illuminated with soft lights.

8. Get it out of your system by talking to your family and friends about it.

9. Get professional help, if you need one. A counselor, a psychologist, or a physician is always ready to help you in his area of expertise. Do you have recurring headaches? Neck or upper back pain? Problem sleeping. Go see a doctor.

Prevention Is Better Than Relief

Relieving stress is consequential to your overall health and happiness. But prevention should always be your preferential choice. A proper mental attitude is all what is needed to ward off the occurrence of undue stress in your life. Learn to accept things you cannot change, and always look for the good in what appears to be a bad situation.

Finally, if you want a more comprehensive treatment of this subject, I recommend you get a copy of Conquering Stress: Get Your Life Back! It teaches you stress prevention through wholly natural methods to feel calmer, happier, and healthier with increased levels of energy and greater self-confidence. The program uses no drugs, no potions, no hypnotherapy, and no affirmations.


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