Everybody needs some level of stress to function. However it is when it becomes too much or goes on for too long, it can impact on our health.
Stress is a fact of life, but it need not be a way of life. There will always be stressors that we cannot change or avoid. Different things stress different people, all at different levels. However everyone reacts to stress in different ways. It is how we learn to manage our stress that is the key to minimizing the effects it has on our lives and lifestyles.
Stress raises your heart rate and blood pressure and consequently increases the work your heart must do. Learning to deal effectively with stress may prove to be beneficial.
There are 4 main steps to stress management.
- Recognize what causes you stress.
- Recognize how you and your body react when under stress – in a good way, or not-so-good way.
- If not so good, think of ways to make your response better. Your Psychologist at Max can help you with this – another reason for you to join our Rehabilitation program.
- Practice! Managing stress is very difficult – it takes time to learn what works best for you.
Tips Towards Improving Your Stress Management Skills
- Improve your breathing – slowly and deeply. This in effect will slow your body systems down when under stress.
- Think positively and realistically. The way we think about ourselves and situations have a strong affect on how we manage and physically react to things.
- Take time-out Distance yourself from the situation to collect your thoughts and compose yourself.
- Create and maintain good social supports. Don’t bottle things up. Talk your worries through with someone you trust or write them down.
- Have a hobby or interest that you can do for fun. Something you do because you want to, and to get your mind off your worries.
- Learn how to relax. Deep breathing is the key to this. Create your own sanctuary. Find a calm place where you can relax your body and mind. Ask your health professional for more information.
- Don’t stimulate your nerves. Cut down on coffee, tea, cold drinks, sugar and chocolate.