THE MANAGEMENT OF STRESS – Dr. Rob America’s Fitness Doctor™
So stress is something you feel when you have more on your plate to handle than what you are used to. You know, like planning a wedding! When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger and it makes hormones that can make your heart race and cause you to breathe faster. This hard-wired human response can give you a burst of energy to get you out of harms way and this is called the fight-or-flight response.
Having some stress in your life is normal and even useful because stress can help you get the job done if you need to work hard or quickly.
However, if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have very troublesome effects. It can be linked to problems such as headaches, stomachaches, diarrhea, profuse sweeting, insomnia, irritability, emotional outbursts, depression, damage relationships, effect school work and can weaken your immune system and you could end up being sick on your big day.
So Whaddya Do About Stress?
Well here is some super awesome news; there are ways to get stress under control, first:
Identify what is causing stress in your life. Oh ya, your getting married!
Ok, second look for healthy ways to reduce and cope with the amount of stress in your life so you can eliminate its harmful effects. How about exercise? Perfect because I have a plan for you.
Now everyone feels and responds to stress differently. So another coping technique is keeping a stress journal. In this book is a section called Stress Journal. When something makes you feel stressed, write down what stressed you, then write down how you reacted and what you did or can do to deal with the stress. Keeping a stress journal can help you find out what is the underlying cause of your stress and quantify how much stress you feel. Then you can take steps to reduce the stress, handle, or eliminate it in a better fashion.
Stress is a fact of life for all people. You may not be able to get rid of stress, but you can look for ways to manage it or turn it into your advantage.
You can try some of these ideas:
Discover better ways to manage your time. You may get more done with less stress if you make a schedule. Prioritize the things that are most important, and do those first.
Find better ways to cope. Look at how you have been dealing with stress. Be honest about what works and what does not. Think about other things that might work better.
Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of exercise, rest, eat healthy, don’t smoke and limit how much alcohol you drink.
Try out new ways of thinking. When you find yourself starting to worry, try to stop the thoughts. Work on letting go of things you cannot control. And learn that it is ok to say “NO.”
Verbalize your needs and wants. Not being able to talk about your needs and concerns creates stress and can make negative feelings worse. Assertive communication can help you express how you feel in a thoughtful, tactful way.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People who have a strong network of family and friends manage stress better.
Sometimes stress is just too much to handle alone. Talking to a friend or family member may help, but you may also want to seek the help of a counselor.
You will always feel better if you can find constructive ways to eliminate stress from your daily life. Stress is an inevitable part of life and dealing with the issue head on in a calm, overcome or go around the obstacle attitude will always get you the best result and eliminate the stressor from your life. Avoiding the issue will never solve the problem and the causative factor of the stress will most definitely appear again to cause guess what? More stress!
Every single person has a way to deal with stress. The best ways to relieve stress are through constructive coping mechanisms. Try some of these ideas to see which ones work for you:
- Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress.
- Journaling. It can help to write about the things that are bothering you.
- Let your feelings out. Talk, laugh, cry, and express anger when you need to with someone you trust.
- Do the things you are passionate about. A hobby can help you relax
- Learn ways to relax your body. Such as breathing exercises, yoga, massage therapy, aromatherapy or tai chi.
- Focus on the present. Try meditation, imagery exercises, or self-hypnosis.
- Listen to upbeat, positive, or relaxing music.
- Try to look for the humor in life. Laughter really can be the best medicine.
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Dr. Rob Kominiarek, America’s Fitness Doctor™
“Fitness is the Footprint of Life…Follow It!”