Take time to unwind. It's healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate. From work demands to financial pressures to family problems, there are many aspects of life that can cause stress. Unfortunately, because we know that stress is a universal experience endured by all, we often downplay the impact that it has on our lives.
Luckily, there is remedy for stress that is low cost, fast acting, and highly effective. This remedy is relaxation, for which there is one rule: for maximum effectiveness, use as often as possible. So whether you rejuvenate through reading, jogging, playing with a pet, or laughing with a friend, for your health's sake, make sure every day to tackle your stress head-on and take time to unwind.
Sometimes stress can be beneficial, such as when a tight deadline at work require us to stay focused and finish our tasks. Chronic stress, however, can lead to many health problems, ranging from headaches and stomach disorders to heart disease and stroke. The first step to effectively manage stress is to recognize its early warning signs.
Possible Signs and Symptoms of Stress:
- Back Pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- High blood pressure
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Shortness of breath
- Stiff neck or jaw
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain or loss
- Learn how to say "no;" don't take on more than you can handle
- Express your feelings
- Manage your time
- Stay positive
- Accept things you can't change
- Take time to relax and recharge
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle - exercise regularly, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and reduce caffeine and sugar intake