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Know Your ABC's of Stress

May 6, 2008
Stress comes in different types and levels and can either assist us in positive performance or can cripple us making it difficult to function at work or school. There are many issues surrounding stress.

A negative attitude can increase your stress level. Thinking in a negative manner about yourself can lead to stress. Those of us who feel the need to be perfect add stress to our lives.

Benefits of stress are evident when you witness a fire fighter rescuing a child from a burning building. Stress triggers the fight-or-flight response in our body and gets us ready to burst into energy.

Chronic disease can be a result of too much stress over long periods of time. Diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Deal with the stress in your life by recognizing the symptoms of stress. These include headaches, insomnia, forgetfulness, feeling overwhelmed and chronic colds. Seek help when dealing with stress.

Ease into new routines so that you can reduce your stress levels. Monitor how many major changes you make in your life in any given year. Moving, divorces, new job, having a baby are all stress triggers.

Find ways to reduce stress and make them a part of your everyday routine. Stress reducers can be as simple as taking a walk, or shrugging your shoulders a few times every hour if you have a job that doesn't require a lot of physical activity.

Give of yourself to your community in a volunteer position. You won't believe the wonderful benefits you will receive and the act of doing for others is a great stress reducer.

Healthy eating habits can do wonders for reducing our stress. Giving our body the nutrition it needs to function allows it to deal with stressful situations.

Increase your physical activity during times of stress. Get out and walk instead of fighting with a family member.

Jump for joy once in a while; celebrate the positive events in your life. When you achieve a goal, go out and celebrate your achievement!

Keep a log of all the good things that happen each day and read over what you have written on occasion to remind yourself of all the positive things that are in your life. Reminding ourselves of these positives can help balance out the negative events and keep us from stressing.

Live life to the fullest everyday.

Make friends, stay socially active.

Notice all the little things about your day like flowers and children playing in the park.

Open your life to those around you and feel blessed by the good things in your life.

Praise yourself for your accomplishments.

Quietness is something to treasure and participate in daily.

Remember that stress happens and it shall pass.

Stress is only a response to the events and people in our lives. To change the level of stress we have only to surround ourselves with positive and uplifting people and plan to attend events that celebrate life.

See if you can complete the alphabet with activities in your life that reduce stress.
About the Author
Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Stress Management.
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