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Deal With your Stress

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Stress is the part of our life. It can be a physical stress, mental stress. One need s to learn to manage the stress. But how to deal with the stressful situation is also important. This eBook on …

Stress is the part of our life. It can be a physical stress, mental stress. One need s to learn to manage the stress. But how to deal with the stressful situation is also important. This eBook on stress management will help you in dealing this concern.

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  • 1. Stress
  • 2. TM Just for Hearts Health, Heart, Lifestyle and moreStressFeelings of stress are caused by the bodys instinct to defend itself. This instinct isgood in emergencies, such as getting out of the way of a speeding car. But stresscan cause unhealthy physical symptoms if it goes on for too long, such as inresponse to lifes daily challenges and changes.When this happens, its as though your body gets ready to jump out of the way ofthe car, but youre sitting still. Your body is working overtime, with no place to putall the extra energy. This can make you feel anxious, afraid, worried and uptight.What changes may be stressful?Any sort of change can make you feel stressed, even good change. Its notjust the change or event itself, but also how you react to it that matters. Whatsstressful is different for each person. For example, one person may feelstressed by retiring from work, while someone else may not.Can stress hurt my health?Stress can cause health problems or make health problems worse. Talk to yourfamily doctor if you think some of your symptoms are caused by stress. Itsimportant to make sure that your symptoms arent caused by other healthproblems.Possible signs of stress• Anxiety• Back pain• Constipation or diarrhea• Depression• Fatigue• Headaches• High blood pressure• Trouble sleeping or insomnia• Problems with relationships• Shortness of breath• Stiff neck or jaw• Upset stomach• Weight gain or loss v v vwww.justforhearts.org
  • 3. TM Just for Hearts Health, Heart, Lifestyle and moreWhat can I do to manage my stress?The first step is to learn to recognize when youre feeling stressed. Early warningsigns ofstress include tension in your shoulders and neck, or clenching yourhands into fists.The next step is to choose a way to deal with your stress One way is to avoid theevent or thing that leads to your stress--but often this is not possible. A secondway is to change how you react to stress. This is often the more practical way.What can I do to manage my stress?The first step is to learn to recognize when youre feeling stressed. Early warningsigns of stress include tension in your shoulders and neck, or clenching yourhands into fists.The next step is to choose a way to deal with your stress. One way is to avoid theevent or thing that leads to your stress--but often this is not possible. A secondway is to change how you react to stress.This is often the more practical way.Tips for dealing with stress• Dont worry about things you cant control, such as the weather.• Solve the little problems. This can help you gain a feeling of control.• Prepare to the best of your ability for events you know may be stressful, such as a job interview.• Try to look at change as a positive challenge, not as a threat.• Work to resolve conflicts with other people.• Talk with a trusted friend, family member or counselor.• Set realistic goals at home and at work. Avoid over scheduling.• Exercise on a regular basis.• Eat regular, well-balanced meals and get enough sleep.• Meditate.• Participate in something you dont find stressful, such as sports, social events or hobbies. v v vwww.justforhearts.org
  • 4. TM Just for Hearts Health, Heart, Lifestyle and moreWhy is exercise useful?Exercise is a good way to deal with stress because its a healthy way to relieveyour pent-up energy and tension. Exercise is known to release feel-good brainchemicals. It also helps youget in better shape, which makes you feel betteroverall.Steps to deep breathing• Lie down on a flat surface.• Place a hand on your stomach, just above your navel. Place the other hand on your chest.• Breathe in slowly and try to make your stomach rise a little.• Hold your breath for a second.• Breathe out slowly and let your stomach go back down.What is meditation?Meditation is a form of guided thought. It can take many forms. You can do it withexercise that uses the same motions over and over, like walking or swimming.You can meditate by practicing relaxation training, by stretching or by breathingdeeply.Relaxation training is simple. Start with one muscle. Hold it tight for a few secondsthen relax the muscle.Do this with each of your muscles, beginning with the toes and feet andworking your way up through the rest of your body, one muscle group at atime. Stretching can also help relieve tension. Roll your head in a gentle circle.Reach toward the ceiling and bend side to side slowly. Roll your shoulders.Deep, relaxed breathing by itself may help relieve stress (see the box to theright). This helps you get plenty of oxygen and activates the relaxationresponse, the body’s antidote to stress. If you want more help treating stresssymptoms, ask your family doctor for advice. v v vwww.justforhearts.org
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