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Have you ever had any of the following symptoms:
- Stomach distress, loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Inability to concentrate
- Lack of energy
- Increased alcohol use
- Emotional tension
- Increase in blood pressure
- Racing heart
If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, you may be reacting to a high level of stress in your life. Stress is the body’s natural reaction to any demand placed upon it. Stress is an automatic physical reaction to a danger or demand. Everyone feels stress and some stress is good for you. Too much stress can harm your physical and mental well-being.
The sources of stress can come from three different areas.
- Personal Life (divorce, sickness, death of loved one, money issues)
- Environment (weather, noise levels, and overcrowding)
- School (tests, papers, and assignments with deadlines)
There are numerous ways to learn how to manage stress in your life.
- Exercise- One of the single most important things you can do. Exercise helps you sleep better, increases your overall energy, you think clearer, can work and play longer, and increases your general confidence.
- Music- Music soothes the soul and helps you relax.
- Self Development- Raising Self Awareness- This won’t work unless you are ready to open up to it, but studies find that studying self development materials, and more importantly understanding, believing and putting the concepts learned into action, is one of the best ways to reduce your stress.
- Food- Eating healthy food will help reduce stress.
- Sleep- This is probably the single most abused aspect of people’s lives when it comes to creating stress because of our “rushed” lifestyle, which tends to encourage NOT sleeping. Enough sleep will reduce stress.
- Balance- Balance is the key. The three factors- sleep, food, and exercise- need to be in harmony.
Channing Bete Company, Inc. (2005). Stress Management-Tips for daily living. One Community Place, South Deerfield, MA 01373.
Stress Management. How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress
Brian Russell, LMSW
Ogeechee Technical College
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Statesboro, Georgia 30458
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