What is Stress?
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind threat or demand. For example, when you sense a dangerous threat, the body’s defenses can kick in to high gear in an automatic process called the “fight or flight response.” This reaction helps us fight or escape from danger by increasing our blood pressure and heart rate, so our legs and arms are ready for action. When working properly, stress helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. In emergency situations, it can save your life! Stress can help you rise to meet challenges, but too much stress can cause major damage to your health, mood, productivity and quality of life.
Stress can also wreak havoc on you emotional and physical health. Being able to manage stress can lead to a happier, healthier, and more productive life. The following stress management tips can help you do that:
- Learn and practice a stress management tool like yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, meditation, etc.
- Identify the sources of stress in your life and make changes if possible
- Move more since exercise lowers stress hormones
- Connect to others
- Make time for fun and relaxation
- Improve your time management
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle (sleep, nutrition, limit alcohol, etc.)