What is stress management:
Stress management is the individual’s ability to cope with everyday pressures. Stress management aims to identify the causes of these pressures and then takes care to balance and to reduce the prolonged reaction of the body to internal and external factors that caused stress by applying specific techniques.
Stress signs and effects:
Sustained stress causes fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, hypertension and heart diseases, decreased immune system, obesity, sexual dysfunction, and more. Stress can have emotional or psychological causes. Among the early signs of stress are trouble concentrating, impatience, headaches, infertility, ulcer, hyper or hypotension, insomnia, weight loss or rapid fattening, repeated colds, muscle pain, hair loss, chest pain, nervousness, high concentrations of cholesterol in blood, chronic fatigue, etc.
Stages of stress:
The reaction of our body to stress occurs in three stages: 1)alarm reaction – psychological mechanisms -the body produces adrenaline to combat stress and to restore everything under control, the heart beats faster, breathing becomes faster, muscles are tightened – these events are designed to protect us; 2)the reaction of adaptation – if the alarm persists after the reaction of the stress, in the second stage reaction occurs by the secretion of hormones adaptive to response of the body on the long-term stress stimuli. If adaptation reaction takes a long time without being interrupted by phases of relaxation, imbalances may arise, fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration; in the third stage - the physical and mental exhaustion occurs, the body loses its energy reserves /immunity and diseases starts.
How to manage stress:
You can manage stress by applying : 1) changes in your way of thinking – by reevaluating the situation, acknowledge that every situation has multiple ways of interpretation ; practicing positive thinking, focus on your strengths, not weaknesses, seeking relaxation opportunities, learn from these stressful situations. 2) Change your behavior – Be assertive, organized, with sense of humor ; 3) Change your lifestyle – practice proper nutrition, exercise, meditation, breathing techniques, touring, hydrotherapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, Reiki, visualization techniques, etc.
According to a US study conducted recently (2012) by the team coordinated by Olivia Okereke, people who have higher levels of stress and anxiety age faster. Physical activity appears to maintain telomeres length, acting as an antidote to stress. Thus, to prevent aging, you should try to make a better management of stress and how to have a balanced lifestyle.
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