Dealing With Stress

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 The first step is to learn to recognise when you're feeling stressed. Early warning signs of stress may include tension in your shoulders and neck, or clenching your hands into fists.

 

The next step is to choose a way to deal with your stress. One way is to avoid the event or thing that leads to your stress - but often this is not possible. A second way is to change how you react to stress. This is often the more practical way.

 

Tips for dealing with stress

 

  • Don't worry about things you can't 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 counsellor.
  • Set realistic goals at home and at work. Avoid overscheduling.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Eat regular, well-balanced meals and get enough sleep.
  • Meditate.
  • Participate in something you don't find stressful, such as sports, social events or hobbies.

 

Exercise is a good way to deal with stress because it's a healthy way to relieve your pent-up energy and tension. Exercise is known to release feel-good brain chemicals. It also helps you get in better shape, which makes you feel better overall.

 

Meditation is a form of guided thought. It can take many forms. You can do it with exercise that uses the same motions over and over, like walking or swimming. You can meditate by practicing relaxation training, by stretching or by breathing deeply.

 

Relaxation training is simple. Start with one muscle. Hold it tight for a few seconds then relax the muscle. Do this with each of your muscles, beginning with the toes and feet and working your way up through the rest of your body, one muscle group at a time.

 

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. This helps you get plenty of oxygen and activates the relaxation response, the body’s antidote to stress.

 

If you want more help treating stress symptoms, ask your family doctor for advice.

 

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