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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stress: Unfortunately It Is Unavoidable!

No matter who you are you probably do not like stress. Stress leads to anxiety and has been related to many health problems. Stress is simply a part of life, it truly is unavoidable. If not handled appropriately stress can result in anxiety, depression, plus many other problems and illnesses.

But did you know that a little stress is good. Let me explain. If you did not have the nag of a small amount of stress you probably would not make deadlines as scheduled or perhaps you would become known as slacker in some way. You may be wondering how stress can possibly be good for us, after all stress seems to make us feel frustrated and, well, stressed out.

Regardless of where you live, what you do, or how much money you have you cannot escape from stress. Learn to accept that this helps you to maintain control in your life.

But have you noticed that some people let small frustrations totally stress them out while others simply get annoyed? Although honest expression of feelings is a good thing becoming overwhelmed with stress is not. It is true that there will be events in your life that will necessarily prove to be extremely stressful, but it is how you deal with that stress that will determine any long-term effects.

According to research we will feel stress when the demands of a situation seem to be greater than our biological, psychological, or social systems. More simply, we will feel stress when we feel the situation is out of our control.

Again this will be an individual perception, so what I deem as stressful may only be minor frustration to you. Speaking in front of groups does not usually stress me out but it is known to be a major stressor for many. It seems there is not a time that the saying, where the mind goes the body follows, is any truer.

If you allow stress to control your life you may find that the anxiety leads to other health problems as well. If you determine that a situation is stressful then it will be stressful. In some cases positive events can be just as stressing as negative ones.

Learning to accept and deal with stress using appropriate coping mechanisms is one key to expressing stress in a healthy manner and thus encouraging good overall health. Some things should be done regularly to assist you with handling stress.

Here are a few things that may help:
Controlled Breathing
Muscle Relaxation
Tai Chi

For most people finding an activity that provides quality time alone seems to be helpful when working through stress. Some people find that an occasional vacation or a massage helps to reduce the stress in their lives. The only problem with this is that it is usually a short-term solution.

On a daily basis try to add something to your life that you enjoy, even if it is as simple as having some flowers or an art piece to enjoy. Get outdoors at least for a few moments everyday if possible. Rejoice in the beauty of the world.

Do fun things whenever you can. Practice walking, working, and eating at a relaxed pace. Take breaks after meals to just relax for a few minutes. Dress for comfort as much as possible and remove your shoes when you can. Do what you can to make yourself feel good from the inside out.

I have found journaling to be an effective means of coping with stress and anxiety. Obviously what works for me may not work for you but the important thing is to find something that does, find something that is appropriate. Try to avoid using food as a comforting measure and remember that lashing out at others will only make you feel worse in the end.

Explore various coping methods and determine which work for you. It is important to get a handle on your stress so you can maintain optimum health.

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To learn more about stress and how to deal with it visit: Debbie Allen is a writer, internet marketer and personal coach.

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