Saturday, August 29, 2009

De-Stress your LIFE

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Stress management is one of the most important life skills we need to learn. Here's how to make stress work for you instead of against you.

Stress is a natural part of life. All of us, at some point in our lives, experience stress. Stress the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it. The demand can be a threat, a challenge, or any kind of change which requires the body to adapt. The response is automatic and immediate.

Normal Reaction
The stress response is a commonly used term for the body's hormonal reaction toprotect itself against real or perceived threats; it is a normal body mechanism. The stress response results from outpouring of adrenaline, a stimulant hormone, into the blood stream. This, with other stress hormones, produce a large number of changes in the body which are intended to be protective. The result often is the fight or flight response because it provides the strength and energy to either fight or run away from danger.

Stress is the most common cause of ill health in our society . Stress accounts for about 70 percent of all visits to family doctors . It can be both physical and mental and much of it comes from the pressures of daily living. Stress can be good when it helps us perform better, or it can be bad when it upsets us or makes us sick.

One of the most important skills in life we all must learn is how to deal with stress.
Signs of stress:
  • change in appetite
  • change in sleeping patterns
  • skin outbreaks
  • shortened temper
  • change in sexual appetite
  • forgetfulness or absentminded
  • increase in smoking
  • change in weight
  • difficulty in breathing
  • trembling
  • heart palpitations
  • excessive perspiration.

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