Don’t Stress! The Effects of Stress & How to Better Handle It
Stress in small doses is acceptable and may even help us perform under pressure or motivate us to do our best. However, feeling constantly overwhelmed or enduring long term stress can cause serious health problems.
Are you prepared to cope with stress?
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any demand or threat. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert.
Beyond a certain point, stress stops being beneficial and becomes harmful to our body. It may cause memory problems, inability to concentrate, depression, moodiness, anxiety, chest pain, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, indigestion, isolation from others, lack of sleep (or sleeping too much), low productivity and poor work performance.
Stress has an immediate impact on your body. In the short term, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but chronic stress puts your health at risk.
We found this article by healthline very insightful. It outlines the effects of chronic stress and how it impacts different parts of your body.
Recognizing stress is the first step in reducing it. Here are some other ways to better manage stress:
1. Manage your time by prioritizing what’s important and/or necessary to you.
2. Find the right balance between personal, work and family needs.
3. Reflect on your lifestyle. Are you getting enough sleep? Eating right? Exercising?
4. Spend time with people who make you feel good. Make it a priority to build better, stronger relationships.
5. Get support from your family, friends and community. They can offer love and advice; as well as something more concrete, like time or money.
6. Change your thinking to avoid negative thoughts. How you think has a tremendous impact on how you feel.
7. Learn effective problem-solving techniques to identify and handle the things you can change or deal with the things you can’t.
8. Practice relaxing.
Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is opposite of the fight or flight or mobilization stress response.
Lastly, experts also suggest another stress reducer. GET A PET! Pets can help reduce or even control owner’s overall stress levels.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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