Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stress: What It Is and How to Alleviate It by Dr. Kamala L. Uzzell

What is stress?
Stress is an emotional and physical response to events in our lives, resulting in unpleasant feelings such as anxiety, tension, and strain.  Stress is any type of response we have to any kind of psychological, social or physical demand that has been placed on us.  Stress can be just as much physical as it is mental and it definitely can take a heavy toll on our mental health and overall well-being.  

Stress is a very serious problem in our society and many people end up missing work, or visiting their physician or the hospital because of the medical consequences of it.   Some of those consequences, which are stress-related illnesses, are hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, cancer, migraines, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and muscle spasms. We probably all know people who are experiencing some of these illnesses as a result of stress.

What are some of the symptoms of stress?

  • Nervous movements or shaking
  • Heart palpitations or a rapid heartbeat
  • Heartburn, nausea, or stomach pain
  • Tight muscles and muscle aches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anger & irritation
  • Poor memory
  • Mental confusion
  • Poor concentration

What are some strategies for relieving or managing stress?

  1. Regularly schedule a relaxation day or block out a few hours each week for relaxation and rejuvenation
  2. Take time to get and stay in touch with your spiritual self
  3. Learn to say “No”
  4. Take care of the physical you
  5. Practice visualization and self-talk
  6. Deep breathing exercises
  7. Seek professional help from a licensed mental health provider.

Take charge of the changes in your life, pay attention to the warning signs of stress, and take good care of yourself.  Build up your resistance to stress by practicing positive physical and mental health habits and strategies. 

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