Stress is not a bad thing per se. Stress is the normal response that a person has when faced with danger. It is the fight or flight response in the midst of a threat. However, stress can become negative when the person stays in the flight stage for too long. Chronic stress affects the mental health of the person. In many cases, stress can also create physical illness.
The problem with stress is that it accumulates. Therefore, if you ignore the first signs of mild forms of stress such as headache, nervous stomach or insomnia will soon become a more serious problem. If this stress is not addressed, you could develop hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, weakened the immune system, among other physical problems.
It is important to learn some simple but effective stress management techniques to keep your stress under control and regain balance.
These are some things you could do to take care of yourself.
- Rest at least 8 hours a day
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Eat 3 good meals and 2 healthy snacks
- Walk 30 minutes at least 3 times a week
- Practice relaxation techniques
- Get a physical exam
- Learn to say no
- Meditate & Pray
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid coffee
- Chill out
- Reach out for help. You do not have to do this alone.
Olga Harris Counseling is ready to help you teach you how to deal with your stress.
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