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Stress Awareness

What Stress Can Do to Your Health

Life is full of stressful situations. It’s a fact of life. Stress have had some negative connotations in the past, but in fact, not all stress is bad. For some people stress is actually a good thing. It keeps them motivated and pumped up to do some incredible things. But as individuals, we respond to stress differently. While some are more inclined to rise above these stressful situations, others can become overwhelmed. When we respond to stress negatively, these stressful situations tend to intensify and occupy our minds.

Chronic stress often leads to:

  • Headaches
  • Body pains
  • Sleeplessness
  • Flu-like symptoms or colds
  • Digestive symptoms
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem

In the long run, continued strain on your body from negative stress may contribute to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses.

It’s Time to Address Your Stress

Many individuals do not really realize they are under stress until it has already consumed them. In coping with stress, it is important to recognize it before it gets out of control. Acknowledging your stress is not always easy. It can make you feel vulnerable, especially when you try to address what you’re really feeling. Just keep in mind that your emotions are perfectly understandable given the situation that you’re in. When you’re honest about your feelings, it can lead you to take the necessary actions in coping or managing your stress.

How to Deal with Stress

There is no cure-all for stress. Different individuals have their own ways in managing their stress.

Here are some ideas to help you:

  • Talk it out- Get support from your friends, family or other individuals that you feel can better relate to your situation. You may also consider talking to a professional to better manage the stressful situation.
  • Take a break- If you’re feeling stressed at work or at home, it may do you some good to distance yourself even just for a few hours or just enough time for you to breathe. Getting away can also give you a new perspective in dealing with the stressful situation.
  • Exercise- Physical activities are known to release endorphins, giving you a more positive attitude on life. Start with light physical activities such as walking or jogging around your block. You may also try signing up for exercise classes such as yoga or dancing.
  • Laugh- As they say, laughter is the best medicine. Surround yourself with people who can help you lighten up. You may also try watching some good ol’ comedies or looking up some funny pictures on the internet.

In managing stress, the important thing is to commit yourself to getting better and taking care of yourself. You can try a million ways of coping with stress, but if your heart and mind are not in the right place, things can even get harder. Just keep in mind that you are more than your response to the stressful situation that you’re in. Treat each day as a step towards being able to manage your stress better and you will rise above stress without you even noticing.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.

Categories: Wellness, Health Tips

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