Stress is natural. It's our body's reaction to any change in your environment, your body, or your thoughts that requires an adjustment or response. Our body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional response.
Believe it or not, stress can be positive when it keeps us alert. However, when a person continues to face challenges without any relief or relaxation, the stress becomes negative. Negative stress can lead to a number of symptoms including weight gain, headaches, increased blood pressure, chest pain, upset stomach, and sleeping disorders. If you're experiencing these conditions, you're not alone. Seventy-five to 90% of doctor's office visits are for stress-related problems.
We are bound to be exposed to stress, but we are able to try different ways to manage it. Below are some tips to help you manage stress. So go on now, STOP STRESSING AND START LIVING!
*Exercise regularly. Your body is able to fight stress (and everything else) when it is in good shape. Thirty minutes of physical activity helps your body and mind!
*Accept that there are events and situations that you cannot control.
*If you are overwhelmed, take a walk or a leisure drive.
*Manage your time. Being in a rush will stress anyone out, so set your watch a few minutes ahead of time.
*Get enough sleep. Make sure your sleep environment is working for you and turn off the tv, computer, and telephone to avoid distractions.
*Eat healthy and nutritious meals. Avoid heavy, fatty foods that weigh you down.
*Learn to say "No!" when you've already got enough on your plate at work or home.
*Take a break and do something that you enjoy.
*Talk to your friends and family about what is bothering you. Just get it out! They're there to support you.
*Limit your alcohol use.