Coping With Stress


Ruler's of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
We all know that stress is at a very high level for the vast majority of people and most of us have our own ways of coping with this stress. However, for those who do not know how to cope with stress, it is doubtless first useful to appreciate what stress is and how it can manifest itself.

Stress is most simply defined as: "A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression"

There are many reasons why stress can come about, but the most common forms of stress come from finances, family, work, school, quarrels with friends and driving. The most stressful situations, however, are divorce, the death of a parent or spouse, moving house and changing job or school.

Since the causes of stress are so varied, it is beneficial to be able to determine where your stress is coming from, so that you know how to treat or prevent it. You have to get to know yourself to cope with your stress, because not all people react in the same way to stress.

For instance, actors and top-flight business people often say that they need the buzz of stress to give their best performances. They have clearly learned how to harness stress to their own advantage whether unconsciously or by other methods. People who suffer from stress need to get to that phase.

When you have worked out what is causing your stress, you have a prospect of dealing with it. In fact, you have many chances of counteracting it. If the source of the stress is your work, you might like to go for a drink with colleagues after work to talk things through once or twice a week, as long as you do not let it get out of hand and affect your family and your work.

Otherwise, you may go for a massage or a sauna or take regular weekend breaks either for pure relaxation or to follow a particular hobby such as hiking. In fact, a hobby of some kind is generally a good stress-reliever, even if the hobby itself is stressful. Just changing the routine seems to help a lot of people. Some people turn to shopping and beauty salons.

A weekend picnic, communing with nature, or rambling are other major de-stressers. The point is that you have to find something that is perfect for you.

Other major stress relievers are sports – either watching them or playing them. Playing is clearly healthier than watching, but given that stress is a major killer in the West, the reduction of stress is the main concern. Yoga and meditation are a fantastic compromise between being active and passive in your coping with stress.

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