Stress is the body’s reaction to an event that is more than a person thinks they can handle.
Understanding the causes of stress is the first step to stress management. Causes of stress can include both positive events and negative events. A person might categorize getting married, buying a house, or getting a new job as a positive event that causes stress. For the most part, negative events are more stressful and can negatively impact a person life. If the cause of stress is unknown, one suggestion would be to start a stress journal. A stress journal is a notebook where you write down when you are stressed, what cause the stress, and how you reacted to the stress.
Stress can be useful; by allowing a person to react quickly or work harder, but overtime too much stress can lead to serious health problems. Doctors have linked stress to headaches, stomach problems, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It is also known to weaken a person’s immune system.
In this fast-pace lifestyle, stress is a normal occurrence; therefore, stress management is extremely important. There are multiple ways to cope with stress. Everyone handles and copes with stress differently. One way may be right for one person and not with another.
Ways to cope with stress:
- Write your feelings down
- Learn time management
- Learn a new hobby
- Relaxation (yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage, aromatherapy)
- Talk to someone (professional, friend, family member)
- Focus on the present
Mayo Clinic. (2011, March 19). Stress Basics. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/MY00435
WebMD. (2009, October 14). Stress Management: Topic Overview. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management-topic-overview