Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Step Back and Beat Stress

Just how much pressure can we take? Coming home after a day's work feeling exhausted and craving some quiet time alone. But Moms still have to prepare dinner and tend to the kids and the hubby. Moms are often so good at taking care of everyone else that we forget to take care of ourselves.

Stress may be considered as any force coming from outside or inside that puts tension in a person, and if we are not able to cope with that...our health is on target. Compounded problems or continued stress can lead to respiratory diseases, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, migrains, ulcers, insomnia, allergies, acne, and even heart attacks. It can also cause emotional problems such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, feelings of self doubt and hate. However, study shows also that a mild degree of stress and tension can compel us to do a good job and to work energetically. It said that body responds to threatening situations by releasing stress hormones like adrenaline that trigger the so called fight or flight response. These allow us to deal with the immediate problem or run away as quickly as possible.

What is important is how we respond to stressful events. Being resilient and adaptive in the face of problems is needed so that stressors dont drive us over the edge.

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