Image via WikipediaWhat happens when you are stressed?
Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are
used to. 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. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease.
How can you reduce your stress?
Stress is a fact of life for most people.You may not be able to get rid of stress,but you can look for ways to lower it.
-Learn better ways to manage your time. You may get more done with less stress if you make a schedule. Think about which things are most important, and do those first.
-Find better ways to cope. Look at how you have been dealing with stress. Be honest about what works and what does not. Think about other things that might work better.
-Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Eat well. Do not smoke. Limit how much alcohol you drink.
-Try out new ways of thinking. When you find yourself starting to worry, try to stop the thoughts.
-Ask for help. People who have a strong network of family and friends manage stress better.
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.
-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. Volunteer work or work that helps others can be a great stress reliever.
-Focus on the present. Try imagery exercises, or self-hypnosis. Listen to relaxing music. Try to look for the humor in life. Laughter really can be the best medicine.