Healthy ways to deal with stress

September 27 2017 at 12:00 AM by Admin


Everyone adults, teens, and even children experience stress at times. Stress can be beneficial by helping people develop the skills they need to cope with and adapt to new and potentially threatening situations throughout life. However, the beneficial aspects of stress diminish when it is severe enough to overwhelm a person’s ability to take care of themselves and family. Using healthy ways to cope and getting the right care and support can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings and symptoms subside.

Stress is a condition that is often characterized by symptoms of physical or emotional tension. It is a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious. Stress can be positive (e.g., preparing for a wedding) or negative.

Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. Engaging in healthy activities and getting the right care and support can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings subside in a few days or weeks. Some tips for beginning to feel better are :

Change the factors you can
You may not be able to walk away from a stressful job or home situation, but you can develop new responses to defuse anger or conflict. You can also learn to manage your time better with stress lowering techniques — from delegating household responsibilities to just saying no. Take a break, if your stress is caused by a national or local event, take breaks from listening to the news stories, which can increase your stress. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol may seem to help with the stress. In the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.

 Exercise regularly

The natural decrease in adrenaline production after exercise may counteract the stress response. Physical activity can relieve symptoms of anxiety. Along with medical care and counseling, exercise can help improve anxiety and depression.

Relax

Learning techniques such as guided imagery, meditation, muscle relaxation and relaxed breathing can help you relax. Your goal is to lower your heart rate and blood pressure while reducing muscle tension. You can also focus on hobbies or activities you find calming, such as reading, listening to music or playing with your pet.

Find a friend
Social support can help reduce stress and prolong life. Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.

Recognize when you need help
If stress is keeping you from work or leisure activities, talk with your doctor or a specialist in behavioral medicine. Behavioral therapy is one approach that can help you manage your symptoms.

 


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