It’s there when we’re stuck in a long checkout line. It’s with us as we deal with illness or loss. It’s stress. It can come and go, or it can endure. Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to life’s demands.
Stress management is critical to resetting your built-in alarm system and restoring your body and mind to a relaxed state. Don’t wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships, or quality of life. Make the decision to make a change in how you manage stress.
START PRACTICING STRESS-MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES (Tips gleaned from mayoclinic.com and apa.org)
Recognize your stress signals. How do you experience stress? Identify your stress triggers—whether they’re the obvious culprits (e.g., job, relationship, finances), daily hassles (commuting, daycare), or even positive events (e.g., wedding, new home).
Strategize ways to deal with triggers. Turn off the news if it distresses you, or find ways to reduce the irritation factor of stressful situations you can’t avoid.
Repair the toll of stress on your system through daily stress-reduction techniques. Practice meditation, mindfulness, tai chi, or yoga—to slow your breathing and focus your attention on the here and now.
Take care of yourself. Eat right, get enough sleep, drink lots water, and engage in regular physical activity. Find healthy ways and activities to reduce stress. Focus on changing one behavior at a time.
Don’t deal with stress on your own. Seek support or stress-relief techniques from family and friends.
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