STRESS - GET RID OF IT!!!
What is stress?
Stress is the way that we respond to change in our lives.
It is the way our bodies react physically, emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally to any
change in the status quo. These changes do not have to be only negative things; positive change can also be stressful.
Even imagined change can cause stress.
Stress hormones are important to help us meet the demands of stress occasionally, but if they
are repeatedly triggered, disease will occur. Our body does signal us when we are experiencing
the effects of chronic stress.
Tension, fatigue, insomnia, muscle aches, digestive upset, appetite change, headaches, restlessness.
Forgetfulness, low productivity, confusion, poor concentration, lethargy, negativity, busy mind.
Anxiety, mood swings, irritability, depression, resentment, anger, impatience, worrying, feeling
Lashing out, decreased sex drive, lack of intimacy, isolation, intolerance, loneliness, avoiding
social situations, alcohol, tobacco, and/or drug use.
Apathy, loss of direction, emptiness, loss of life's meaning, unforgiving, no sense of purpose.
Being able to manage stress is important in order to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.
Ignoring the problem, withdrawal, procrastination, alcohol/drug use, smoking, overeating,
inactivity, being over-committed, buying things you don't need.
Become aware of your reactions, maintain a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly, balance
work and play, practice relaxation techniques, meditate, develop a support system, pace
yourself, simplify your life.
Self Care Techniques
Daily choices to care for oneself helps one's feelings of worth, and increases a sense of wellbeing.
Deep, slow diaphragmatic Breathing