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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn to manage their stress.

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How does the body react to an increase in stress?

How does the body react to an increase in stress?

Stress & the body: It prepares for action by activating the autonomic nervous system & numerous hormones. Stress can cause muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. Chronic stress decreases immune functions and contributes to numerous illnesses. ...Read more

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What are some effective stress management techniques?

What are some effective stress management techniques?

To address stress:: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Stress less (Tip)

Stress less

Dislike is active and requires negative energy. Indifference is better, so don't care & stress less! ...See more

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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level is rising, stop what you're doing.
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Rate level of distress you're feeling from 0 (none) - 100 (overload)
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Ask yourself "What bad thing am I expecting to happen?"
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Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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Which are considered the best ways for alleviating stress?

Which are considered the best ways for alleviating stress?

Some ideas: 1) do regular exercise that you enjoy (e.g. Yoga, weights, jogging, sports) 2) re-connect with past friendships and connect with others 3) helping others 4) set aside relaxation time 5) express your feelings; don't keep them bottled up 6) confront negative thinking. ...Read more

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How can I get myself to think more positively about life?

How can I get myself to think more positively about life?

Seek meaning: Moods lift as you learn and practice some basic skills such as good time management, personal organization, and working hard to learn the career and people skills that are of the utmost importance. You won't love or be loved unselfishly in our world, but finding a special person or persons, or a truly worthwhile cause, will put you with the world's happy people. Be strong and wise. ...Read more

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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

Recognize your problem and get help
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Eliminate sources of stress, if possible
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Stay physically fit by eating healthy, exercising & sleeping.
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Involve support systems that you trust and feel comfortable with
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What can be done to avoid stress?

What can be done to avoid stress?

Can't avoid stress: Manage stress by eliminating some from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) by altering the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action) by shifting your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk) & by easing your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Counseling & biofeedback can help. ...Read more

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How to de-stress?

How to de-stress?

Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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