Taking care of stress: Effectively identify and respond to it

Is stress taking its toll? Recognize and cope with stress in a healthy manner.

Are you stressed? Do you know how to recognize stress? Do you know how to cope with stress? These are some questions that you should consider as a member of this fast-paced society. With demanding work schedules, changes in technology, higher gas prices, higher food prices, an unstable economy, wavering health care prices and unforeseen weather patterns, it’s no wonder the stress levels of the average every-day American is through the roof.

All stress isn’t bad, but most of the stress we deal with affect us in ways we don’t always understand. Everyone copes with stress in a different way – some people don’t even realize when they are stressed. Stress also carries a negative effect on the body, taking a toll on its performance. There are some common suggestions that I will share with you to help you navigate your way to alleviating some stressful situations.

According to American Psychological Association (APA), “While awareness about the impact stress can have on emotional and physical health seems to be present, many Americans continue to report symptoms of stress.

As research indicates, Americans as a whole report the following as significant sources of stress:

  • Money – 75 percent
  • Work –70 percent
  • The economy – 67 percent
  • Relationships – 58 percent
  • Family responsibilities – 57 percent
  • Family health problems – 53 percent
  • Personal health concerns – 53 percent
  • Job stability – 49 percent
  • Housing costs – 49 percent
  • Personal safety – 32 percent

Some tips to help you cope with stress or de-stress include read a book, go for a walk, listen to soothing music, take a nap, get a massage, tension flexion, visit a comedy club or take a hot soothing relaxing lavender bath just to name a few. You have to be able to recognize what stresses you, how to deal with it and continue to manage it as time progresses. If you incorporate these suggestions in your everyday routine, you will be well on your way to a happier and less stressed lifestyle.

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