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What is stress?

Stress is the body’s response to external conditions that are emotionally upsetting or believed to be a threat. This causes the fight or flight response which prepares the body to deal with danger. The brain and nerves, the heart and blood flow, the release of hormones, digestion, and muscle function are all affected by stress.

What causes stress?

Any emotional event can cause stress. However, what is stressful to one person might not be so stressful for another. All or any of life’s major events like, getting married, having a baby, starting or losing a job, a death of a loved one, causes stress. Even daily minor irritations can cause stress such as having to drive in delayed traffic.

What can I do myself?

First, acknowledge the stress you are experiencing. Consult your family doctor to make sure that your physical symptoms are not caused by disease or illness. Use positive coping methods: talk to friends about your feelings; try to take life easy until you adjust to your new situation. Meditation, deep breathing exercises are very helpful in dealing with stress. Consider getting a massage, joining a yoga class or using aromatherapy. Adding a recommended daily dose of vitamin B complex and a multivitamin supplement to your diet can help.

 Can stress be harmful to my health?

See a doctor if symptoms do not get better. He can recommend further treatment or counseling. Generally, it is not recommended to use medications as a long-term way of dealing with stress. It is also harmful to your health to use smoking and drinking as a way of coping with stress. Avoid overeating when stress is overwhelming. These practices can add long-term stressors to your life. Studies have shown that people who respond to stress with anger or feelings of hostility and persecution are more likely to have heart attacks than those who do not react to stress with anger.

What can I do to avoid stress?

  • Exercise regularly, find a recreation such as dancing or walking, enjoy a favorite hobby such as sewing or reading.
  • Cultivate friends with whom you can share both the good and the bad.
  • Learn relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.

 

 

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