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#10:“Ugh, STRESS!”

Updated: Mar 12, 2020


Ladies can we talk about it and be completely honest about this though? Stress is a reaction to a change or a challenge. In the short term, stress can be helpful. It makes you more alert and gives you energy to get things done. But long-term stress can lead to serious health problems. Women are more likely than men to report symptoms of stress, including headaches and upset stomach. Women are also more likely to have mental health conditions that are made worse by stress, such as depression or anxiety. (Office of Women’s Health)

 

People can learn to manage stress and lead happier, healthier lives. Here are some tips to help you keep stress at bay.

  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.

  • Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.

  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.

  • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.

  • Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.

  • Make time for hobbies and interests.

  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.

  • Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress. Drugs and alcohol can stress your body even more.

  • Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love.

  • Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn more healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.


Resource:

WebMD

Office of Women’s Health


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