Most lives are stressful. Part of being a fully functional adult is knowing how to manage stress and stressful events in your life. Before knowing how to manage stress, we must first learn how to identify it.
Why is stress an important topic while trying to lose weight?
- Stress suppresses the immunesystem-increasingcolds, flu, viruses, and complications to people with autoimmune diseases.
- Stress increases risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
- Stress worsens other illnesses such as asthma, gastrointestinal problems, chronic pain, and mental health disorders.
How do you recognize stress in your life?
Physical manifestations of stress in your lifecan include headaches; grinding teeth; tight and dry throat; clenched jaws; chest pains; shortness of breath; pounding heart; high blood pressure; muscle aches; indigestion; constipation and diarrhea; increased perspiration; cold and sweaty heads; fatigue; insomnia; and frequent illness.
Psychological manifestation of stress in your lifecan include anxiety; irritability; depression; feeling of impending danger and doom; slowed thinking, racing thoughts, obsessive thinking; feeling, helpless, hopeless, worthless, insecure, a lack of direction; sadness; defensiveness; anger; apathy; and hypersensitivity.
Behavioral manifestations of stress in your lifecan include overeating or loss of appetite; impatience; argumentativeness; procrastination; increased use of alcohol and drugs; withdrawal; isolation; avoiding or neglecting responsibilities; poor job performance; poor personal hygiene; burnout; change in family relationships, close relationships, and religious practices.
How do you manage stress in your life?
1. Learn to relax: Practice deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and visual imagery.
2. Discuss your concerns with a trust friend or professional.
3. Plan your work.
4. Manage your anger.
5. Set realistic goals.
6. Get plenty of sleep.
7. Keep or become physically active.
8. Eat well.
9. Limit caffeine.
10. Nurture your inner spirituality.
11. Make time for activities you enjoy.
12. Develop a support network.
13. Seek help when you are not functioning well.
Putting this into practical application, this week I will concentrate on keeping physically active, eating well, and limiting caffeine. Next week, I’ll add more features from this list. What will you do this week?
CITE: Millman M. & Kermott, C. (2010) Mayo Clinic: Guide to Self Care. Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Clinic.