Thursday, August 23, 2007

STRESS CAN DESTROY YOU


Life is full of surprises! Life can be stressful! We all face challenges, barriers and some times pressure which is hard to handle. When we are unsure how to meet the demands placed on us we experience stress. Well a little bit of stress can be considered good as it gives us extra push and motivate us to do what need, it can make us alert and focused to what we are facing.

Stress keeps us on our toe, I can imagine standing in front of a classroom I get stresses every single day and I find it healthy as I get motivated to push my self to the maximum, well I guess the same goes with when you have to do a presentation at work or for a student who is studying for the final exams. But when life gets too tough and demands with what we cannot cope stress become a threat to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Do remember stress is silent and it can destroy you.

What is stress?

A physiological and psychological response to events that upset our personal balance in some way, these events or demands is known as stressors. We all regard stressors being negative like exhausting work schedules or rocky relationships, however positive events can also be called stressors such as getting married or receiving a promotion. In short good or bad if it brings strain on our coping skills it can be called a stressor and is unhealthy.

Possible signs of stress

Anxiety, back pain, constipation or diarrhea, depression, fatigue, headache, high blood pressure, stiff neck, weight loss and mood swings.

Tips of dealing with stress

Exercise on a regular basis
Eat well balanced meals and get sufficient rest
Participate in something you find interesting such as sporting events, social events
Talk to a trusted friend, family member or a counselor
Resolve conflicts with other people
Try to look at the challenge ahead of you in a positive manner

Exercise to reduce stress

American Council on Exercise and National Heart, lung and Blood Association (USA) recommends exercise as one of the most effective method to relief stress. Mentally, exercise provides an outlet for negative emotions such as frustration, anger and irritability, promoting more positive mood and outlook. The best recommended exercise dosage is 15 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise which elevates heart rate four to five times a week.

References:
1. American Council on Exercise
2. National Heat, Lung and Blood Association (USA)
3. The American Institute of Stress
4. Canadian Mental Health Association
5. University of Dundee / Counseling Services
6. American Psychological Association
7. Center for Disease Control and Prevention / Atlanta / USA

4 comments:

fitnessmagazine said...

Good informative article!!!

This is something we all have to deal with. What would be the training methods using weights to overcome stress?

Thanks

gunspider said...

good article, exercise helps everything i guess ...

PERSONAL TRAINER said...

thanks ...

Refer to my next Q and A ... for weight training and stress.

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