Are friends and family members telling you that you are "stressed out" and should go for help? Do you find yourself becoming edgy, tense, angry or irritable over small things or comments someone makes? Are you adding to your stress by abusing drugs and alcohol? Are you eating badly and sleeping poorly? Do you have a negative, self-defeating outlook on life? (See my article: Chronic Stress-A Deadly Enemy).
Stress is pressure (either positive or negative) that the mind and body experience. If it is negative pressure, stress can lead to a breakdown of the body and cause the mind to malfunction (distress). Effective coping skills will help you manage your stress under any circumstances. Stress management and control involves:
- Understanding what causes you to feel unwanted stress, your "triggers";
- Learning to bring down your stress levels;
- Learning to deal with others in a calmer, more relaxed state;
- Effectively preparing yourself for stressful occasions;
- Learning to perceive things from other points of view in order to function at your best.
Being stressed is not something to be taken lightly. Suffering from its effects over time can lead to any number of serious physical conditions including: heart disease, stomach and digestive problems, headaches, depression, fatigue and muscle aches.
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