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Posted by: admin - October 08, 2009
I think I have a problem with stress. I’ve recently been to my doctor for a checkup and was told that I have some “borderline” physical problems that the doctor believes are stress related. To tell you the truth, I’ve never really thought much about stress, so I wondered if you could please spend some time devoted to what it is and how to manage it. You would think that now that I’ve reached middle age, I’d have a better handle on it, but I obviously don’t. Thanks for your help.
Stressing On Stress
You’re certainly not alone. Stress is one of the most serious problems facing our society today, and certainly none of us are immune from it, so let’s do a “stress 101’ to help remind us all of the benefits of consciously managing stress in our lives.
Of course, stress is part of life, but we have to be aware of it and willing to manage it in our lives, or we will quickly find that it’s managing us. Preventing and managing stress can help lower your risk of serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression. You can prevent or lessen stress by planning ahead and by preparing for stressful events when you can. Of course, some stress is hard to avoid, but you can find ways to manage stress by noticing when you feel stressed, taking time to relax, getting active, eating healthy, and by talking to friends, family, or other people who support you in life.
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Stress is often caused by some type of change. Even positive changes, like marriage or a job promotion, can be stressful. Stress can be short-term or long-term. The common causes of short-term stress include too much to do and not much time, dealing with lots of little problems in the same day, getting or feeling lost or having an argument. Longer term stress can be caused by things like divorce or problems in a marriage, the death of a loved one, illness, caring for someone who is sick, problems at work, or money problems.
Managing stress can help you sleep better, control your weight, get sick less often and heal faster, lessen neck and back pain, be in a better mood, or get along better with family and friends. Being prepared and in control of your situation will help you feel less stress. Here are some tips for preventing and managing stress:
1. Plan your time.
2. Prepare yourself.
3. Relax with deep breathing.
4. Relax your muscles.
5. Get Active.
6. Talk with your Doctor and/or seek Counseling
Your family physician can be a great source of help and a first line of defense to help you manage stress in your life. Talk therapy can also be an extremely valuable tool in helping you cope with stress in life. I hope this little primer is helpful.
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