How Stressed Are You

How stressed are you? 
Everyone seems to​ have a​ view on​ stress,​ it​ has become so popular. ​
Are you​ stressed or​ does it​ not effect you​ at ​ all? Do you​ believe that managing stress is​ important,​ or​ do you​ think that it​ is​ a​ buzz word,​ used as​ a​ convenient excuse? Are you​ living outside your comfort zone? What is​ stress any way?
Basically stress is​ caused by our need to​ adapt to​ change. ​
the​ change can be positive or​ negative. ​
if ​ we feel uncomfortable about any new situation,​ or​ challenge,​ then we begin to​ experience stress. ​
it​ is​ not the​ circumstances themselves,​ but our attitude to​ them,​ which causes the​ symptoms. ​
as​ soon as​ we are in​ a​ situation that we feel is​ potentially threatening then our fight or​ flight response switches on. ​
Our breathing rate and​ heart rate increases,​ muscles tense up,​ blood pressure rises and​ adrenaline and​ cortisol are released into the​ blood stream.
In other words we are on​ full alert. ​
This is​ a​ natural reaction that has been with us since primitive times to​ get us out of​ danger. ​
the​ difference is​ that after the​ danger was over,​ primitive man would go back to​ his hut,​ sit in​ front of​ his fire and​ switch off again. ​
Then all his bodily systems would return to​ normal. ​
These days we tend to​ be switched on,​ tense and​ rushed,​ all the​ time. ​
Because of​ the​ pace and​ intensity of​ the​ lives we lead,​ we suffer from increasing pressure of​ work and​ never seem to​ be able to​ take time to​ really relax and​ let our bodies rebalance.  
We are often told how stress is​ bad for us,​ and​ it​ is​ true that excessive stress has many negative effects,​ but if ​ we
experienced a​ complete absence of​ stress we may not put in​ the​ extra effort needed to​ attain our personal goals and​ desires. ​

In fact we may not even feel motivated enough to​ get out of​ bed in​ the​ morning! We can accept that some stress is​ inevitable and​ it​ can also be used to​ a​ beneficial effect. 
We experience many different types and​ levels of​ stress in​ our lives,​ eustress,​ often described as​ ‘good’ stress,​ the​ type of​ stress you​ may experience if ​ you​ won the​ lottery for example you​ may not think that coming into alot of​ money would cause stress,​ but people who have been in​ that position report significant stress while dealing with major changes. ​
Disstress is​ when we lose something,​ or​ someone,​ important to​ us. ​
We feel as​ if ​ our world is​ coming to​ an end. ​
if ​ we constantly experience
levels of​ stress that are too high for us to​ cope with,​ then physical,​ mental,​ emotional and​ energetic symptoms will become increasingly apparent. 
So what is​ the​ cure? First take an honest look at ​ your life with the​ help of​ our stress analysis pages. ​
Then decide which areas of​ your life need attention. ​
Begin to​ take steps right now to​ help yourself to​ a​ happier,​ more fulfilling and​ healthier life.
Decide on​ your short and​ long term goals. ​

Improve your physical health with sports or​ exercise,​ this releases stress and​ improves self esteem. ​

Manage your time effectively,​ get properly organised!
Eat a​ balanced diet; perhaps include a​ supplement of​ B vitamins. ​

Avoid or​ cut down on​ stimulants like caffeine and​ nicotine. ​

Learn to​ be assertive,​ not aggressive. ​

Dont take everything so personally. ​

Remember everything you​ do does not need to​ be perfect,​ you​ are only human. ​

Communicate more clearly with others and​ yourself. ​

Life isnt an emergency. ​
Keep a​ sense of​ humour and​ enjoy the​ little everyday things that make you​ smile and​ provide a​ sense of​ comfort and​ ease. ​

Most important learn meditation or​ deep relaxation techniques,​ often using relaxing music will help you​ to​ achieve this. ​
You may need to​ listen to​ a​ CD or​ DVD which has been developed to​ help you​ to​ relax,​ or​ attend meditation or​ relaxation classes to​ learn the​ basics of​ the​ techniques and​ then make time to​ practise every day and​ within a​ few weeks you​ should begin to​ see the​ results.

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