Thursday, August 14, 2008

Stress

STRESS
Stress is defined as a person’s response to his environment. Symptoms of stress include exhaustion, loss of/increased appetite, headache, crying, sleeplessness, and oversleeping. Feelinh of alarm, frustration, or apathy may accompany stress. Working adults often face work-related stress. What is even more alarming is that more and more children are also suffering from stress.
There are many ways in which we can reduce stress in our lives. Firstly, get up fifteen minutes ealier each morning. That gives you a little more time to eat something, run back to get something you mayhave forgotten, or enjoy a cup of coffee before heading out the door. If you drive to work, a 15 or 20 minutes head start may mean facing less traffic, thus making the journey less stressful.
The next thing we can doto reduce stress is to cofide in someone we trust. Do not keep things bottled up. Talking with someone helps you to putthings in better perspective. Who knows, they may even have solutions to youyr problems. Do not be afraid to seek professional help if you feel you have reached breaking point.
Besides, learn how to relax. Meditation and breathing exerciseshave proved to be very effective in controlling stresspractise clearing your mind of disturbing thoughts. The quickest and most effective way of eliminating feelings of stress and panic is to close your eyes and take several long, slow and deep breaths. Breathing in this way calms your whole nervous system.
Last but not least, learn to set your priorities right and do not over-commit yourself. Poeople who are over-commited tend to feel overwhelmed and suffer. Reduce the number of events going on your life and you may reduce the circuit overload. Set realistic goals for yourself and put it in writting. Do not worry over the small stuff but reward yourself when you have been successful in achieving even some small goals.
Some say that little stress is good for you as it pushes you to react and achieve your goals. On the other hand, when stress is prolonged, it causes physical and emotional problems that may damage both your health and your performance. Thus, it is important for us to learn how to handle our stress.

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