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How to Handle Stress

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Every day when we wake up in the morning, we have a choice to make as to whether or not we’re going to be stressed out that day. That’s right, how stressed you are depends on you and what you decide. Stress has always been a part of our lives. In this hectic time, people lead an increasingly stressful life. Stress is such a powerful and harmful force that it is vital that you learn effective stress management techniques to live a successful, happy, and healthy life. If you are trying to figure out the best way to handle stress, begin by thinking about your mind.

The mind is a very powerful thing. It controls how the rest of your body reacts. For instance, if you are driving in your car and you notice that a light has turned red but the person in front of you doesn’t stop and almost crashes into another car going through the intersection, how does your mind react to this? Your mind probably processes the event taking place and you think to yourself about how dangerous the incident was. The rest of your body reacts accordingly as well. You may feel all of your muscles tense up; you may sweat a little, and you may notice that your breathing has become more shallow and reserved. You are in fight or flight mode and the adrenaline is kicking into high gear in preparation for a high stress situation.

There are some people who handle stress by taking anti-anxiety medications or other medications to help temporarily relieve the anxiety and worry that often accompanies stress. However, this is only a temporary solution, and one that may sometimes have dangerous outcomes such as addiction or overdose. What people need to realize is that the best way to handle stress is through a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and simply being able to confront and discuss whatever it is that is bothering you.