Sunday, May 15, 2011

Getting a Grip On Stress

Have you heard about the body's "fight for flight" response? This is the stage when your body sends the signals that you are stressed in order for the body to prepare for the danger.
What is it like? - You have fast heartbeat, you breathe faster, muscles tense, butterflies in your stomach, etc...

But sometimes, stress isn't always bad. It can also help protect you from danger by making you aware of a problem. But if it continous, it can lead to high blood pressure, stomach problems, headaches, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety and even drug and alcohol abuse.

Start seeing your doctor if you feel angry all the time, feeling helpless or hopeless or hiding your feelings from your family or friends.
Also, seek immediate health care help if you start hurting people (hitting or slapping your family, kids, etc.), and have excessive drinking, having anxiety attacks (heart rate goes up, have trouble breathing and you feel dizzy), or avoiding spending time with family and friends.

It can be based on your symptoms and what's causing you stress. A counseling can help you recognize when you're under stress, learn how to talk about your problems and decide what you can do to change the situation.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat problem related to stress, such as high blood pressure and depression.

Get regular check ups, regular meals and cut back on fat and sugar.
Exercise regularly, get enough sleep and take all medications given to you.
Set realistic goals and don't take more than you can handle. Take time to relax and look for ways to reduce clutter in your life.
Take extra care of your health, and don't ignore your body's need for rest. If you get sick, slow down.
Spend time with family and friends and talk about your feelings with people you trust.
You'll always have some stress in life, and you can't completely get rid of it all. Remember, nobody's perfect. So, be nice to yourself and ask for help when you need it.